Last Friday, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey took on Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds in a game featuring two of the nation's top linebacker prospects. Unfortunately for McClymonds, Joshua Tatum was hurt on the very first play of the game but Dorsey's Mark Johnson definitely lived up to the hype and showed he should be considered as one of the top 100 players in the nation.
Johnson has a great frame for a linebacker and looks about 6-3, 230 pounds. He's long and lean but very athletic and can really close on a ball carrier. Johnson, along with junior standout Robert Mullins, were all over the field and dominated the game from a defensive standpoint.
Johnson was especially impressive showing the ability to take on a block as well as run down plays run away from him. The 'backer has the frame to easily pack on additional size and we love his ability to run and hit. Johnson wraps up and didn't miss a tackle all night. He had some huge hits in this game and once he had the running back in his sights, he can really cover some ground in a hurry.
On the recruiting front, Johnson is is holding close to 20 scholarship offers and has his list trimmed down to a workable five to six right now.
"I like Ohio State, LSU, Cal, USC, Florida, and Miami," Johnson said. "All but USC have offered but they're recruiting me. I was supposed to visit Ohio State a few weeks ago but it was canceled so hopefully I'll be able to re-schedule that one. The rest of my trips will likely be after our season is over. Right now we're all focused on winning the city championship and I don't want recruiting to get in the way of that."