Johnson Hopes To Find A Home Soon

2017 DeAnza WR J.J. Johnson (5-9, 178) had a solid sophomore season and he's started to see things pick up on the recruiting front...

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"I have been talking a lot with Southeastern Louisiana so far," Johnson told JCFootball.com. "Actually a lot of schools have been making contact and coming through our school to talk to guys.

"The other schools I have been hearing from are Cal, I actually went to their last game against UCLA, and Pace has been in contact with me too. North Dakota State has shown me some interest and so has Kansas, so I've got some schools interested, but I'm still waiting for an offer."

As a prep back in Illinois, Johnson qualified academically and he decided to walk-on at Oregon, but he felt left out of things, so he started to look for new opportunities.

"The coaches there weren't really interested in giving me a shot, so I just decided to move on," Johnson said. "They had some dynamic guys there playing, so it was tough and I felt like I could play ball at a four-year school, so I started to look around and DeAnza was just the right fit for me."

Johnson didn't enroll at DeAnza until the first day of school, so he only played in four games, but he did manage to average a little over 20 yards per return.

"I'm a slot guy, but I can play outside if I'm needed there," Johnson said. "I sorta model my game after Brandin Cooks. I'm not as fast as he is, I run a 4.5, but I run the same type of routes and I think I can do a lot of the things he does out on the field. I'm feisty and I feel like I'm the prototypical slot receiver.

"I also feel like I play faster than my 40 time. I'm quick in and out of my breaks and when I get the ball in my hands, I feel like I have the talent to take it the distance."

As a prep back in Illinois, Johnson qualified academically and he decided to walk-on at Oregon, but he felt left out of things, so he started to look for new opportunities.

"The coaches there weren't really interested in giving me a shot, so I just decided to move on," Johnson said. "They had some dynamic guys there playing, so it was tough and I felt like I could play ball at a four-year school, so I started to look around and DeAnza was just the right fit for me."

Johnson is on pace to finish up his academic work in March and he will have two years to play two starting in the fall of 2017.


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