Defensive end D.J. Johnson made Miami Hurricanes football fans happy Monday by committing to the program.
He posted a video on YouTube in which he showcased his day and the number of recruiting letters he received from the likes of teams such as the Oregon Ducks, Texas Longhorns and UCLA Bruins.
However, he ended it by putting on a Miami hat and sharing a number of highlights from the school’s past:
Johnson is regarded as one of the best pass-rushers in the 2017 class. The 4-star prospect is the eighth-ranked weak-side defensive end, 15th-ranked player in the state of California and 102nd-ranked player in the nation, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.
The rise of quarterback play in football at all levels has made the demand for pass-rushers greater than ever.
Not only does Johnson fill the need as an edge-rusher, but he also excels in the role with the potential to get even better, per Greg Biggins of Scout.com:
He’s very well put together and has an ideal frame to pack on even more muscle without losing any of his quickness. He’s relentless in pursuit and plays with a non-stop motor. He’s very strong and can toss opposing tackles aside and has the speed to run around them as well. He’s not just tough, he plays with an edge to him and is one of those players you’re never comfortable going up against.
Making Johnson even more appealing as a prospect is his size. The 6’5″, 240-pounder has room to fill out and not lose any of the speed that makes him quick off the edge.
As of Monday, Johnson was the only defensive end in Miami’s 2017 class, per 247Sports, so there is a need at the position moving forward. The Hurricanes were a disappointing 65th in the nation last year with 26 sacks, so they could use a difference-maker like Johnson to anchor the defensive line in 2017 and beyond.
Johnson plays with a relentless fire and always strives to outwork his opponent, never being content to get by on natural ability. Combine all the pieces together, and he looks like a future superstar who won’t need a lot of time to develop in his new home.
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Source: Bleacher Report-ACC Football