Varsity Preps

Avery Johnson, #20 in the Arkansas 25 for 2015

Many people in the state of Arkansas would not know where Hardy is or if Highland High School resides in that area. College coaches are realizing where it is though. That is because of the talent that is coming out of there. Two of the states top receivers go to Highland. The best though, is Avery Johnson. Johnson is what you would call an athletic freak. He plays multiple positions for the Rebels but he is being recruited as a receiver. Johnson may be the next small school star from Arkansas to take his talents to a major Division 1 program.

Johnson fits the mold of today’s inside receivers. Johnson is a stockier receiver, but he makes up for it with speed, agility, and athleticism. Johnson runs the wildcat formation for the Rebels and it is easy to see that he can make plays out in open space. Nike has their SPARQ ratings and Johnson has one of the top SPARQ ratings of any receiver in the country, in his class. Standing at 6’1” and 206 pounds, Johnson runs a 4.69 40-time and has 42.5” vertical jump. What Johnson lacks in general speed, he makes up in agility, and the ability to make defenders miss. From the slot, Johnson will be able to run the short, over-the-middle routes and make plays in space, and with his size be able to go up for balls over the middle. Johnson will be a matchup nightmare for outside linebackers and safeties.

Johnson has not received any offers yet, but he has interest from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, and Ole Miss. It is perfectly feasible to see more big name offers to come to Johnson within this next recruiting year.

The Verdict: Johnson has the athletic ability to play at a high level, now it is up for coaches to make the decision as to whether or not Johnson can translate that to the top level of competition in college football. Johnson will always  be able to put up big numbers against the level of competition he currently plays against. Johnson could go from being a very athletic project to jumping up to an elite level prospect if he camps well. This summer will play a huge role in the next year for Johnson.

Pros: Athletic freak, shifty, size for position

Cons: High school competition, overall speed

Check out Avery’s Hudl Page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1783116/highlights/104170378

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