Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey has a long, rich history as a school that has produced outstanding football talent. One of the very best to ever wear a Dorsey uniform is five-star running back/defensive back Stafon Johnson (6-1, 210, 4.4).
Johnson has been a known commodity in the Los Angeles area since he burst onto the scene as one of the area's finest running backs. Since then Johnson has added to his resume and is now considered one of the Golden State's best safeties. On either side of the ball, Johnson will be an impact player.
"I wanted to prove to everybody I wasn't just a one-dimensional player," Johnson said. "Most people just thought of me as a running back."
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"After my junior season, they now respect me as a defensive player, too," Johnson said. "Now they respect me for both sides of the ball."
Anyone who saw the Johnson hit UNLV bound Corey Anderson from Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham on TV or in person during the Los Angeles City Section Championship game will verify the respect Johnson gets for his hitting ability.
Johnson's hit is the kind of that makes you find religion. That hit was like getting struck by lightning.
Besides knocking the lights out of offensive players with bone-crunching hits, Johnson also picked off three passes.
As impressive has Johnson was as a defender in 2004 he was just as impressive as a running back.
While sharing touches with Oregon bound running back Jeremiah Johnson (no relation), Stafon Johnson still rushed for 1,839 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 8.63 yards per carry.
How did Johnson feel about being named a five-star player by Rivals.com?
"It felt real good to be named a five-star," Johnson said. "Not too many people get the honor of being a five-star athlete."
"I'm blessed by God who gave me my talents," Johnson said "Now other people are beginning to see it too.
With a career as star-studded as Johnson's it is easy to see why he is getting offers from the nation's top programs.
According to Johnson he somewhere between 25-to-35 offers on the table. With that many offers it can be very confusing for a young man. It is very likely that Johnson's top schools could change but for the moment Johnson lists Tennessee, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Michigan, USC, UCLA, and Cal as his early favorites.
"I hope to make my decision on my college choice by November," Johnson said. "I am currently very open."