football

SoCal LB projects as a safety

Ryanjohnson2 20150
When you play for Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey and have ability the Don coaching staff will find a place for you to play. Even if that means you will play a position that you more than likely won't play on the D-I level, at least you will be on the field.
Linebacker Ryan Johnson (5-10, 185, 4.59) is just one of those players. Though he was an all-league linebacker for the Dons he projects as a strong safety on the collegiate level.
Johnson racked up 130 tackles, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. One of his picks, Johnson brought it back to the house for a touchdown.
"When we as coaches, would watch film ,we would ask ourselves 'how did he do that' because he something that we didn't teach him," Dorsey coach Paul Knox said. "Ryan has natural instincts."
Former Dorsey defensive coordinator Ralph Caldwell is very impressed with his talented player.
"Ryan is a lot like Calvin Carlyle who was all-city for us," Caldwell said. "Ryan ended up being a two-time all-Pac 10 player for Oregon State and who now makes his living on Sunday's."
"We had three outstanding linebackers (one of them Mark Johnson signed Ohio State) in 2005 and Ryan was one of them," Caldwell said. "He is a tough kid who makes plays."
Johnson benches 225, squats 315, and has recorded 31.3 vertical jump. He is also an outstanding student who carries a 3.6 GPA.
Johnson has received early recruiting letters from Cal and LSU.
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