Versatility is the key to Johnson's game

Navarro OL Nick Johnson (6-3, 290) is a versatile athlete able to play almost anywhere along the line. However, he was a rock at right guard for the Bulldogs last year and because of his outstanding size, strength and athleticism, D-1 programs have already been knocking on his door...

Johnson prepped at Waco (Tx.) High School but never took the SAT or ACT, so he knew he needed to start looking for a JC program that he could be part of to earn a D-1 scholarship.

"They had a great academic plan here and Navarro is always known for having a great football program," Johnson recalled. "I've really enjoyed it here and become good friends with some people. I think it has really gotten me ready to play ball and to be a good student at the next step."

Johnson says with his size, speed (4.9) and strength (350 pound bench press), he can play almost anywhere along the line, but it was at right guard that he made a name for himself last fall.

"I played right guard and I'd say I'm probably better at pass-blocking, but that's just because I've done it a little bit longer," Johnson said. "Right now I'm in a running offense, so I've improved in that respect a lot too.

"Coaches really like my aggressiveness and how explosive I am and that I can get to linebackers and make blocks down the field."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Johnson doesn't have any offers yet, but some could be on the way very soon.

"I'm getting a lot of looks right now," Johnson said. "Baylor is on me pretty good and Iowa State too. Arizona has made contact with me and I'm hearing from Oklahoma and New Mexico right now too."

Johnson redshirted in 2008, so after this season he will have two years to play two once he signs with a school in December.

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