A terrific Florida sleeper athlete to keep an eye on as signing day draws closer is Orlando Olympia standout Chris Johnson.
Johnson (6-0, 175, 4.4) was injured in a preseason game and missed all but the last three games of his senior season. That’s helped contribute to a low profile for him, but his coach says things are starting to get interesting.
“He’s got a visit set up with East Carolina this weekend,” Olympia coach Mike Cullison said. “He’ll be taking the SAT again the following weekend, and after that he’ll be at UConn (1/30).
“South Florida is coming back strong on him after his last test score. We all feel like he’s going to qualify late – he’s really close – and wind up making somebody a nice late addition. And if something happens unexpected and he doesn’t make it, we’ve had all kinds of I-AA programs that say they’ll take him.”
Is there a leader?
“I don’t think there’s a clear-cut favorite right now, but he wants a chance to play running back,” Cullison said. “A lot of schools have mentioned playing wide receiver or DB, but he wants a chance to play running back. East Carolina says they’ll give him that opportunity, so they may have a good shot. We’ll have to see after his visits.”
Cullison said Johnson came back strong after his injury to rush for “seven or eight” touchdowns in the final three games.
“He’s 100 percent now and working out hard in the weight room,” he said. “He’s just a tremendous athlete. He’s a 10.6 guy in the 100 – electronically timed – and he’s strong. He benches 315 and power cleans 265.”
As a junior, Johnson rushed for 1,009 yards on only 168 carries and scored 12 touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 168 yards.