Storm Johnson will be one of the most sought after running back prospects from the Peach State in the Class of 2010. Johnson, 6-1 and 210, plays for powerhouse Buford (Ga.) High School. This past season he rushed for 1,300 yards and 21 scores despite sharing time and only averaging eight touches a game.
"I am a big back and usually one person can't bring me down," Johnson said. "You like at me and you see a big back but I also have speed and quickness of a smaller guy. I also run with good balance and vision.
"I want to work on my wind (conditioning) because I know I will get the ball much more next season. Next year is all mine. I want the ball 25 times a game and I need to be ready. I also want to be a more physical player."
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Storm is Johnson's real first name. That's not a bad name to have if you play football and play the position of running back.
"No it isn't. My parents just wanted to give me a unique first name."
So far Johnson has three scholarship offers – Stanford, Tennessee and Central Florida. His first was from the Cardinal.
"It was good to get that one from Stanford. I mean that's a great feeling. Now, other coaches don't ask me about my grades anymore because they know if Stanford offered me I must be okay. I just know a little about them but I know they have great academics and a 93% graduation rate with athletes. It's a good program.
"Tennessee will be up and coming again with that new staff. I want to see what they bring to the table this season.
"I really like how UCF uses their backs. They give them the ball and I like coach (David) Kelly."
Johnson believes the floodgate of scholarship offers could open up after Signing Day next month. Many schools have said they will offer him.
"LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, West Virginia, Florida and others have said they will offer me after Signing Day."
So where is Georgia and Georgia Tech stand with Johnson?
"I am not getting a lot of talk from Georgia yet and I am a little surprised. With Georgia Tech I really don't like their offense. I don't want to be a back that puts his hand down because he can't see the field. I have talked with coach (Paul) Johnson about that."
So what will it take to land Johnson?
"I am pretty open with the process right now. If I don't get red-shirted I would at least like to split some time. I want to pick a school where I can get on the field as soon as possible. I will work hard at it."
Johnson is planning to attend junior days at Tennessee, Florida and LSU. He may try to attend one at Texas.
Johnson carries a 3.2 grade point average and has already scored a 20 on the ACT. He bench presses 370, squats 490 and power cleans 275. Johnson also runs the 100 meters (11.1) and throws the shot put (48').