Grossmont's Dynamic Justin Johnson

Surprises are always nice and one of the biggest so far this year is Grossmont WR Justin Johnson (5-11, 175) who is having a huge season for the Griffins -- leading his conference in AP yards -- and he's still a player not a lot of teams know about.

"I guess this season has been a surprise for people," Johnson said with a laugh recently.  "I had a good year last year, but this year I've been even better because of my punt returns and stuff like that."

As a full-qualifier out of St. Augustine High School in San Diego, Johnson didn't play organized football until his senior year so he wasn't heavily recruited.

"Grossmont saw me and recruited me because of my speed and playmaking," Johnson said.  "Since I didn't have any offers, I decided to come here and see what happens."

In nine games this season, Johnson has posted 23 receptions for 357 yards (a 15.5 yard average) and four touchdowns in addition to his 20.2 yards average on 30 punt returns including two touchdowns and a long of 50.

"I have good speed and I really worked on that this summer," Johnson said.  "I ran sprints every day and I also really worked my legs hard.

"At receiver and as a punt returner, my best assets are my hands and my ability to make the first guy miss.  If you do that, then you have a good shot at going pretty far."

Johnson runs the forty in 4.45 seconds and claims a 37-inch vertical jump.

"I'm working on my strength because I know I need that for the next level, but I will battle for the ball whenever I need to," Johnson said.

As far as recruiting is going, Johnson said he hasn't heard from a lot of people, but he's getting his highlight tape together to send out to schools who are looking for a playmaker on special teams and out wide.

"I'll do whatever it takes to get (to the next level)," Johnson said.  "I love playing football and I really want to do it wherever I end up going next year."

Johnson graduates with his degree in December and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up going.


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