Citrus DE is one to keep an eye on

Even though he's been putting up big numbers on a team that has been making some noise in the California JUCO ranks, Citrus DE Kenyatta Johnson (6-0, 240) is still waiting for recruiting to pick up. He's been a terror off the edge for the Owls this season and he hopes that someone steps forward in the coming weeks as he gets closer to wrapping up his AA degree...

Johnson enjoyed a solid prep career at Upland (Ca.) High School, but he was done in by a missing class, so he decided to go the JUCO route in order to realize his dream of playing college football.

"I was committed to Texas Southern and was planning to sign with them, but then I found out that I was missing a class, so I wasn't able to go there," Johnson recalled to "It was down to Fullerton, Mt. San Antonio or Citrus for me and I liked the coaches here and the the system they ran and it was closer to home for me, so I came here hoping to get my academics in order and also to get ready to play at the next level."

So far, Johnson has gotten it done on the football field.

As a freshman in 2012, Johnson totaled 13 tackles (12 solo), six tackles-for-loss and a team-high four sacks and he's followed that up so far with a team-leading eight sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss to go along with 31 tackles (17 solo) with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery while helping to lead the Owls to a 5-3 record.

"I'm at my best as a pass-rusher. I love to get after the quarterback," Johnson admitted. "I'm good against the run, don't get me wrong. I've improved in that area a lot, but as a pass-rusher, I think I surprise people with my speed because I'm a bigger guy and then I get by them and they are surprised."

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit slow, but he said his coaches have let him know that a couple have shown some interest.

"My coaches said that Florida Atlantic has called them about me and I know that Sacramento State liked me in the offseason, but I haven't really talked to anyone yet," Johnson said. "I know I can help someone at the next level. I just need to get a chance to show them what I can do. I'm getting my film out and hopefully someone takes a shot with me because I think I can help anyone that likes me enough to offer me."

Like his performance on the field, Johnson is also getting it done in the classroom and is on pace to finish up his coursework in January. He's hoping to sign with a school in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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