Sierra's "Mr. Versatile" Joe Johnson

On the outside, Division one schools are looking for playmakers with speed and confidence. One such player is Sierra WR Joe Johnson (6-2, 212) who had a big season, but make no mistake, he's all about the team.

"I went to Miami-Killian and then went to a prep school," Johnson told recently. "After prep school I came home and sat my butt on the couch and didn't play at all. Then I headed to Sac City (College) and decided I wanted to play and I had a good season there, but the coach and I didn't really get along that well so I decided to transfer to Grossmont and it's been really good here.

"It wasn't that I disrespected the coach up there, but we just didn't see eye-to-eye on how to do things. He's a good coach, but it just wasn't a good fit for me so it worked out better for the both of us."

Johnson is a flat-out physical specimen. He's big and he's got incredible athleticism – a 4.3 forty-time, 43-inch vertical and he benches 225 pounds 22 times.

"People don't believe me when I tell them my stats, but they're all true," Johnson said. "When I get in the open field, no one can catch me – it's over."

On the season Johnson has 20 catches for over 500 yards and five touchdowns. He also had a 6.8 yard average on 17 punt returns and a robust 31.6 yard average on 16 kick returns including one for 96 yards and a touchdown.

"My goal was 15 touchdowns, but that's okay because we still had a successful season," Johnson said.

Johnson said while he wants the ball in his hands, he's happy whenever his team wins, no matter what.

"If I get the rock, then I can take it all the way which is the most fun," Johnson said. "But when I don't get it and one of our other receivers gets it, I'll block for them. We have a lot of really good receivers and so I know it's more about the team than me.

"If I block and we score then that's what's really important. That's what is most important to me too. I want people to know that I'm all about the team and when I get older and look back on how I played, that's all that matters to me."

On the recruiting front, Johnson, surprisingly hasn't gotten a lot of attention yet, but he expects that to change after the December signing period since he's a May grad.

"I know a lot of teams are focusing on the December guys right now," Johnson said. "I think I'll get mine when I need to."

He's gotten letter from most of the country and the Pac 10 is well represented in his stack of mail. "The entire Pac 10 has sent me letters, but right now the schools who stick out are Oregon, Oregon State, Minnesota, Utah, Louisville and Michigan State."

Minnesota offered Johnson early in the season, but Johnson hasn't heard from them in over two weeks. "I'm not quite sure what's going on with them right now," Johnson said. "Buffalo and Oregon State have been talking to me quite a bit and I think they might offer pretty soon.

"I don't have any visits set up right now, but I plan to do that as soon as I can in January."

Johnson will have three years to play two and expects to major in Music and would like to minor in Computer Engineering wherever he ends up.

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