Friday, September 16, 2011
Got Next: Anthony Johnson
|Typical Freshmen Year Picture|
Amidst this otherwise typical game, a defensive tackle on LSU caught my eye. He was over 300 pounds, got off the ball quicker than anyone on the field, and made a splash play that was astonishing. Just as I was about to look this kid up, the TV crew began singing his praises, in the process dropping that he was a true freshmen.
In case you were wondering, the players name is Anthony Johnson and he most certainly has "got next". Coined the "freak" by Monte Kiffen as only a sophomore in high school, Johnson has the rare combination of size and skill that rarely comes along. He checks in at 6'3 310 pounds and has been clocked running a 4.8 forty.
In addition to having all of the physical tools, Johnson was the most productive defensive lineman in Louisiana high school history. He broke the all time sack record with 67.5 and put up the line of 129 tackles, 31 tackles for losses, and 17.5 sacks as a senior while playing defensive tackle.
Johnson is currently part of a six man defensive tackle rotation, but look to next two years for him to establish himself as a top 10 pick in the 2014 draft. Here is a short video with interviews and highlights.