February 27, 2011

Johnson brings athleticism to quarterback spot

After a junior year which saw him blossom, 6-foot, 205-pound quarterback Jared Johnson is beginning to gain name recognition on the recruiting trail. The South Grand Prairie (Tex.) High School signalcaller carries strong numbers in the classroom (3.4 GPA) as well as the football field (over 2,000 total yards a year ago and the weight room.

"I think I can run and throw and run, but mostly I can keep the play alive," Johnson said. "Also, I think coaches like how much better I got from my sophomore year to my junior year."

As a junior, Johnson rushed for 579 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 114-of-215 passes for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns. Johnson claims a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash and made an improvement from seven reps at 185 pounds on the bench press as a sophomore to 19 this winter. He also dropped his shuttle time from 4.64 to 4.4 and upped his vertical to 39 inches.

Johnson is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but said a couple of schools may be close to offering a spot on their football team.

"The one that is talking about coming the soonest is North Texas," Johnson said. "My coaches have told me Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are talking about it too, but they haven't yet."

Johnson said he has received some interest from Colorado State, but it has been mostly questionnaires and some mild inquiries. The Rams may not have a great shot at Johnson anyway, due to the fact Johnson said he would prefer to stay close to home.

"Growing up, I always liked Texas, but as far as schools I like now, or favorites, it is probably Texas Tech, TCU or A&M," he said. "I want to stay pretty close, that way it is easy for my family to come to my games and stuff like that."

Johnson said his college decision will be made up of his experience with the coaching staff, a presentation of their offense and what kind of atmosphere the college town can offer.

"I just want an offense that allows me to pass the ball," Johnson said. "But I want an offense that allows me to run if needed. I am probably not a pro-style quarterback because of my height, but I do work on pro-style technique so my footwork is as if I was under center a lot."

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