Tomorrow night, 6-2, 235-pound Jake Johnson will suit up for the Stafford Indians (3-6), likely for the final time in his high school career. Johnson’s senior season has not gone as planned in terms of wins and losses for his team, but he has continued to play hard and certainly has a lot to look forward to in his future.
“Really, we haven’t had the best season in the world,” Johnson said. “It is not what I thought we would have done. We have won some games, but we haven’t played as well as I would have thought. We do have North Stafford left on Friday. That is the ‘Battle of the Bell’ game. There is this old bell we play for. We have never won it as long as I’ve been here. Hopefully, we can sell out and win it.”
Individually, Johnson is pleased with his performance. He has primarily been a big-time playmaker from the middle linebacker spot, but he has also shown well at outside linebacker and feels as though he has improved his pass rushing ability. But, at Virginia Tech, he projects to play the Mike linebacker position.
“I do think my pass rush has been better with some more swaying and spinning. Next year, you never know, but as of right now the Virginia Tech coaches want me to play the Mike spot. For all I know, that is pretty solid right now,” Johnson said. “I like playing outside and inside [for Stafford], but it depends on the team. If we play against a team that runs, then I’d like to be in the middle. If we play against a team that passes, then I’d like to be able to rush the passer from the edge.”
Johnson would be excited to play the Mike spot, saying “the position calls for you to read the flow of the linemen and then pretty much make the plays. I do like that. That seems pretty easy.”
The Stafford star senior has certainly demonstrated his toughness this season. He suffered a dislocated clavicle in the preseason and has played through the painful injury the entire year. He will...
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