Johnson Just Waiting On An Opportunity

College of the Canyons DE Wes Johnson (6-4, 225) has schools eyeing his talents, but no offers so far...

After a solid freshman season that saw him post 36 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss and three sacks from his weakside defensive end spot, Johnson has seen recruiting steadily increase with two offers to his name and more schools picking up their interest in what he can do on the football field.

"I currently have offers from Grand Valley State and Portland State and I've been talking to a few other schools like Washington, Memphis, Iowa State, Kansas State and a couple of SEC programs too," Johnson told "They all said they like me as a pass-rusher. I love doing that, so it matches what I like to do too.

"I have a quick burst off the snap and I use my hands well. I have been working a lot on my spin moves and how I want to defend the run, exploding off the line and through the shoulder of the blocker at the point-of-attack.

"I also want to read plays better and hold up better against the run and the way I can do that is to add more size and strength."

Johnson said that entails a lot of squats, time in the weight room in general and at the dinner table.

"My nutrition is much better. I am eating really well right now and that's helping," Johnson said. "Getting bigger has been a big goal for me and I think I'm progressing on that goal, but it's something that I have to keep working on."

Johnson enjoyed a nice prep career at Grand Rapids (Mi.) Christian and he signed with Ball State, but got in trouble with his academics during his freshman season and had to leave to get things straightened out.

"It was a tough lesson to learn, but something I think that's made me better," Johnson said. "I know you have to take care of that side of things first and then the rest will come. I'm happy here at Canyons. The staff here is great and I like the weather here. It's been a good change for me and got me focused on the things I needed to be focused on."

Johnson is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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