One of the major standouts at last Saturday’s NIKE Camp held in San Diego was free safety/wide receiver Brett Johnson (6-2, 185, 4.45) from Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley. It is performances at NIKE, like Johnson’s, that open up the eyes of D-I schools across the nation.
Johnson exploded at the camp with a 39-inch vertical jump. Football is a game of quickness and explosiveness and Johnson’s vertical is a good indication of both.
To go with his 39-inch vertical, Johnson benches 260, cleans 285 and squats 400.
Johnson was selected all-league for his junior season performance.
“Brett is a great overall athlete,” Green Valley head coach Greg Murphy said. “He’s developing a work ethic second to none.”
“Brett has really come into his own the last couple of years,” Murphy said. “The lights are coming on for him. Brett is beginning to see the benefit and reward of hard work.”
“Brett has great speed and as the NIKE camp as shown great vertical ability,” Murphy said. “He likes to hit has the desire to punish people.”
Johnson not only had a good time at the NIKE camp but he learned a lot too.
“I had a lot fun at the Nike camp,” Johnson said. “They taught us a lot of drills that get you off the ball and get quicker.”
What is Johnson looking for in a school?
“I would like to go to a college with a good football program and a nice campus environment,” Johnson said. “A school with good academics will also be important.”
Fresno State, Utah, UNLV and BYU have already been by the school and have talked to Johnson. Notre Dame has handwritten a letter.
Arizona, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and UNLV are Johnson’s current favorites. All of the schools have made contact.
What position does Johnson project at on the D-I level?
“The schools that have talked to me about what position I will play, say that I will probably end up at defensive back,” Johnson said. “That’s good because I like defense better anyway.”