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07-19-2006, 09:42 AM
Alabama sleeper
by Steve Robertson of DawgsBite.com, July 19, 2006 at 12:50am ET

Justin Johnson Profile

Northview High School in Dothan Alabama has not had a lot to cheer about the last few years. The program went winless for three straight seasons prior to Coach Chip Harris and his staff's efforts in 2005. Northview went 4-6 last season, but Coach Harris believes there is room for optimism thanks in large part to wide receiver Justin Johnson.
"Justin is a rising senior. Tony Franklin, the offensive coordinator from Troy, helped us out some. We run some of what they run," said Coach Harris. "He told us to go get the basketball kids to play receiver, so we did. Little did we know one of them, Justin Johnson, was a diamond in the rough." In his first year of high school football, Johnson reeled in 35 pass receptions for 586 yards and 7 touchdowns. A handful of schools appear to be keeping an eye on Johnson.

"He has an offer from Jacksonville State, but he is hearing a lot from Georgia Tech, Troy, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Southern Florida. They were all here in the spring to see him practice. Mississippi State made a special trip just for him," said Coach Harris.

For a player who had not played organized football since the seventh grade, Johnson has adapted quite nicely.

"He is a real good player. He has really good hands. We line him up in more of a flex tight end position more on the inside in a two point stance. He runs a lot of stuff for us over the middle. He is a great route runner. He is big and fast and they like the fact that he has basically already qualified. He is an excellent student. I just can't say enough good things about him," said Coach Harris.

Does Johnson have an offer from a BCS conference school on the way or will a program like Troy steal one while the big boys are looking the other way? Stay with Scout.com to find out.

07-19-2006, 07:29 PM
Great to see Franklin starting to make an impact with area coaches.