Grand Rapids DE is one to watch

Last season, Grand Rapids DE Carlton Johnson (6-2.5, 235) was one of the best JUCO pass-rushers in the country but so far this spring, he's still waiting for four-year schools to take notice although a couple have made it known they like what they've seen from him so far...

Johnson enjoyed a solid prep career at Muskegon (Mi.) High School, but was unable to meet the grade requirements to qualify for a D-1 scholarship.

"I had a lot of schools recruiting me, but I didn't have the grades," Johnson told earlier this week. "I wanted to come (to Grand Rapids) because they were close to home and I figured with their program, that I would have a chance to get a scholarship after I finished up my AA."

Last season, the talented pass-rusher put up solid numbers including 11.5 sacks to go along with over 60 tackles.

"I'm more of a pass-rusher if I had to choose one thing I do best," Johnson said. "I'm real quick off the ball and I use my hands well, but I'm also good at playing the run. I'm working on getting a lot better at that, but I'm pretty good already."

Because of his size, Johnson relies on his 4.63 speed to get the edge on the linemen he faces on a down-by-down basis.

"I usually play with my hand down on the ground, but last year versus Elsworth I stood up so I can do it both ways," Johnson said.

Because of his size and speed, teams recruiting him include Cincinnati and Central Michigan among others.

"I haven't spoken to them directly, but my coaches said they have gotten calls from them about me," Johnson said. "I am just looking for a good school and a chance to play. I think I could help anyone that needs it, I just have to keep showing people what I can do."

Johnson said he expects to finish his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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