Blinn's Jake Johnson is big and athletic

One of the biggest offensive linemen in the JC ranks this year was Blinn College's Jake Johnson (6-6, 351). He's not just big though. He's a great athlete and a hard-worker and he's ready to lead his team into battle for the NJCAA National Championship Game this weekend against Pearl River.

"Recruiting is important to me, but I've really been focusing on the game this weekend," Johnson told "Pearl River's got a tough squad, but we're pretty tough customer's too. It's going to be a war out there."

Johnson prepped at Tidehaven High School in Elmaton, Texas and didn't receive a lot of recruiting attention because of his grades.

"Everyone pretty much knew I wouldn't qualify so I didn't really get many looks," Johnson said. "West Texas offered me, but I decided to come to Blinn and I'm happy I did.

"Their coaching staff and program are why I came here. They are tough and make their players better than they were when they get here. I was 450 pounds when I got here and I've lost 97 pounds now and I give that all to them making me work hard."

Blinn head coach Brad Franchione couldn't be happier with the progress of his big lineman.

"He's improved every aspect of his life since he's been here," Franchione said. "He's a hard-worker, he's lost a lot of weight and he's very coachable.

"Everyone loves Jake and I'm just proud of what he's accomplished here. I couldn't be happier for him."

On the recruiting front, Johnson has three offers under his sizeable belt – Hawaii, New Mexico State and Temple – and he's hearing a lot from Texas Tech, North Carolina, Memphis and New Mexico as well.

"Everyone's looking at me as a tackle and they said they really like my speed and size," Johnson said. "I run a 5.23 and I bench 360 so I can get out and get to the next level when I'm blocking.

"I'm best at run-blocking just because I'm so big and I take up a lot of space. I also have pretty quick feet and the coaches said they like that a lot for a big man."

Johnson will visit Hawaii on December 15th and then said he'd like to take a couple more officials before he decides where he'll spend the next two years of his life.

"I've heard a lot of good things about their program out there so I'm looking forward to checking it out," Johnson said. "Like I said, I really haven't focused that much on recruiting because I really want to win this game we have coming up."

Because he redshirted as a freshman at Blinn to work on his weight and conditioning, Johnson will have two years of eligibility when he arrives on campus and he will graduate with his degree in May.

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