Johnson Making His Mark For Mt. San Antonio

2017 Mt. San Antonio S Michael Johnson (6-2, 195) has made a huge impact for the Mounties this season and he hopes to find a home after he wraps up his sophomore season...

"Things have been going really well," Johnson told "I feel like we're coming together as a team and playing pretty well and I feel like I'm playing some of the best football I've ever played."

So far this season, while playing both safety spots, Johnson has posted 38 tackles, a team-leading six pass breakups and he's tied for the team-lead with four interceptions.

"In our scheme, you have to be able to play both safety spots,"Johnson noted. "If I had to choose one, I'd say I am more of a hitter, but honestly, I feel like I can play both in the box and in coverage because I feel comfortable doing both.

"This past summer, I did a ton of cone drills and just worked on my footwork and my technique and how I handled guys who might be smaller and quicker than I am. That has really helped me a lot this year."

On the recruiting front, Johnson still has an offer from Oregon State that he received back in 2015 and he's getting looks from several other schools as well.

"Louisiana Tech has been recruiting me pretty hard and so has Eastern MichiganArkansasKansas State and Illinois," Johnson said. "I'm open to everyone that wants to recruit me. I don't want to close off anything right now, so I'm just going to wait and take my time with the process."

Johnson graduated from Champagnat Catholic in Hialeah, Florida and was unable to get qualified, so he decided to head west to get a fresh start while competing against some of the top JUCO talent in the country.

"My (high school) coach knew some coaches out here, so he set me up and I just saw how great the competition was every week and I was like, 'I need to get out there'," Johnson said. "They play in the best conference in the country and that helps you get ready for the next level."

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

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