For a player that has never played defense before in his career, 6-3, 308 pound Christian Johnson looked like he knew what he was doing this season. In addition to playing the usual spot at offensive guard, Johnson was placed as a defensive tackle prior to the start of the season.
The move paid immediate dividends for Coach Chris Davidson.
“It was a bit of an adjustment for me early, but in my second game, I had about 15 tackles,” said Johnson, who played almost every play on both sides of the ball the entire season. “In my third game, I had about nine tackles. After that, video started spreading around and teams started double teaming me for the rest of the year. I think I finished with about 91 tackles total for the season. I wish our team could have done better, but I think I played pretty well overall.”
According to Coach Davidson, Christian earned first-team all-district honors for his performance. His versatile big man was one of the main strengths on his young team.
“Christian played offensive guard and nose tackle for us,” said Davidson. “He is really a well-rounded defensive lineman. He’s not going to wow anybody with straight away speed in the 40, but at his position, you don’t need to. He plays many techniques on our defensive line, primarily nose tackle. He’s remarkably agile for his size. He commanded constant double teams throughout this season.”
Virginia and Maryland are well aware of Johnson, and are the main two Division I-A programs talking to him right now. Both the Cavaliers and the Terrapins are recruiting him to play defensive tackle on the next level.
He keeps in contact the most right now with Virginia.
“Virginia really started recruiting me heavily after my junior year,” said Johnson. “I’ve spoken to Coach Golden a lot and I e-mail him almost every two weeks. Virginia is recruiting me to play nose guard. But when I went to their camp this summer, Coach Prince pulled me out and did some pulls with me. He said I had talent on that side of the ball to. Honestly, I would prefer to play offensive guard in college. I’m quick off the ball, so it’s easy for me to move around on a play. It’s easy for me to get out in front and block for the tailback.”
Neither Virginia or Maryland have offered the talented big man,...
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