2017 Dodge City LB Gary Johnson is fast becoming one of the biggest JUCO recruiting targets on either side of the ball

2017 Dodge City LB Gary Johnson (6-2, 215) put up monster numbers as a freshman last season and so far, that productivity, to go along with his outstanding football instincts and athleticism, has drawn the attention of a handful of four-year schools that have offered and more schools could be getting into the mix very soon...

As a freshman last season, Johnson led the Conquistadors with 133 tackles while finishing second in sacks (8) and third in tackles-for-loss (13.5). He also forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles and had a team-leading four interceptions.

"I'm relentless when it comes to getting to the ball," Johnson told JCFootball.com recently. "I just love to hit and I sell out my body to make a play or I do my best to bounce it to my teammates."

With his outstanding productivity to go along with his solid football instincts and athleticism, Johnson has already hauled in seven offers and more could be on the way.

"I currently hold offers from Akron, Arkansas State, Bylor, Iowa State, Memphis, South Alabama and UAB," Johnson said. "I have also been talking a lot with Ole Miss, Central Florida and Auburn, but they haven't offered yet."

Johnson said he's open to visiting some schools during the spring and summer, but at this point, nothing has been planned.

As a prep at Doublas (Al.) High School, Johnson was a big-time prospect who was getting looks from schools across the college spectrum, but he was unable to qualify, so he headed to Dodge City to get away from any outside influences, allowing him to focus on football and school.

"As far as football is concerned, I'd heard that Dodge City was a good program and they had great coaches and they did a good job of getting a lot of guys moved on to four-year schools," Johnson said. "I felt like it was the best place for me and I am really happy that I came here because I am having a good time and learning a lot about the game."

Johnson is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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