Yuba's Johnson ready to run wild in 2012

Heading into the 2012 football season, one of the top JUCO running backs in the country promises to be Yuba's Juan Johnson (5-11, 200). He had a huge freshman season and with that productivity and his plan to follow that up with an even better sophomore campaign, the talented back hopes he can earn a scholarship to a four-year school...

Johnson prepped at Ingraham (Seattle, Wa.) High School and was unable to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year school, so he decided to head to Northern California to continue his football career while also getting his academics in order.

"After talking to the coaches here, it was just a really good fit for me," Johnson told JCFootball.com. "It was a chance for me to keep playing and it let me get my academics straight so that I could play at the next level."

All that Johnson did as a freshman was lead Yuba to a 7-4 record by rushing for nearly 1,250 yards and eight touchdowns and he said he plans on being even better and more productive this coming fall.

"I'm more of an inside guy who runs downhill and makes plays that way," Johnson said. "I definitely want to get bigger so that has been a big focus for me -- adding size.

"Other than that, I've just been lifting and working on my running and other stuff, just to get ready for a big season this fall."

On the recruiting front things have been a bit slow, but some smaller schools have come calling including two from his home state of Washington.

"Central Washington has offered me and I've been getting a lot of stuff from Eastern Washington, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Western Oregon," Johnson said. "That's about it right now, but I'm hoping a good spring and fall will allow more schools to see me and take a look at me."

Johnson said he's been hard at work getting his classes in and said he hopes to graduate in December. Wherever he ends up he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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