There is a player who helped Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey win the Los Angeles City Section’s Championship. This player has earned himself the nickname “Manchild.” If Dorsey is to repeat as City Champs than Manchild will be one of the reasons why.
Jerome Johnson (6-2, 240, 4.61) is a standout on both sides of the ball as a linebacker/tight end. Though Johnson is equally as good on both sides of the ball most schools are recruiting him as a linebacker.
Johnson was a “Manchild” as a junior when he piled up 157 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, ten sacks, five fumbles caused and three fumbles recovered from his linebacker position.
On offense the “Manchild” proved to be a clutch and productive tight end. He caught nine passes for 198 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 22 yards per catch.
Nine receptions, seven touchdowns – now that is the kind production that will get you noticed.
Johnson was a 2nd-team all-city and 1st-team all-league selection.
One thing that is really impressive about “Manchild” is the way the big man can move. Johnson may be the fastest 240-pounder in Los Angeles. He has clocked an 11.2 100-meter. Now that is really moving for a young man his size.
“Manchild” also has good strength with his 325 pound bench and his 485 pound squat. Johnson also has recorded a 27-inch vertical jump.
Dorsey high has a great track record of sending their prospects to the D-I level. Johnson looks to be on track to be another in a long line of Dorsey players to reach the D-I level.
Johnson camped at Oregon this summer and head coach Mike Bellotti told “Manchild” that he can hardly wait until he plays for Oregon next year.
The Ducks are one of Johnson’s leaders. He is very good friends with Dorsey grads Stephon Moore and Marcus Binns.
Michigan State is also right in the thick of it and the Spartans too, have Dorsey grads on the way to East Lansing. Nate Webber and Derron Ware are two Dorsey standouts headed to Michigan State.
Michigan State talked to Johnson and is sending letters almost every day.
USC’s Pete Carroll was another head coach who made sure he let the talented linebacker from Dorsey know that the Trojans were interested.
Colorado, Georgia, Washington and UCLA are also in the hunt.
The Ducks and the Spartans have the early lead for the “Manchild.”