6-2, 180-pound Anthony Johnson established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the Commonwealth district last season. The Mountain View (Stafford, VA) star junior hauled in 43 receptions for 700 yards in 2009 despite missing some action due to an ankle sprain. New Mountain View head coach Lou Sorrentino is impressed with what he has seen out of the first-team all-Northwest region selection.
“He is excellent. He’s a great kid and a hard worker,” Sorrentino said. “I haven’t coached him yet, but I’ve been down in the weight room and I’m getting to know the guys. AJ is an outstanding kid. He shows well on film. He’s a leader. On film, it was a very productive year for him last year. Hopefully he’ll build on that, grow under my leadership and as a senior do really well.”
Sorrentino elaborated further on what he has seen on film.
“He is a rangy kid. He goes after the ball. He is running track to help with his overall speed,” Sorrentino said. “He is an excellent jumper. Everybody likes a rangy target. AJ is pretty polished. He might not have as many catches in my system next year, but hopefully we’ll be a better football team and be more balanced.”
The former Hylton head coach will try and convince Johnson to play on the defensive side of the ball as well. Sorrentino doesn’t expect to have to do much selling on this issue.
“If he plays defense and does well, he’ll be a lot more valuable to college coaches,” Sorrentino said. “I think he is tough enough. He has good enough ball skills. As a leader, I’ve seen him help guys along. From the times I’ve talked to him, he is a team-first guy and I think he’ll buy right into it.”
Johnson has yet to receive an FBS offer, but he is on the radar of several FBS programs including Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. He has visited West Virginia and, more recently, attended a spring practice at UVa.
“Coach [Dan] Ruppert was the offensive coordinator last year and he’s staying on with us,” Sorrentino said. “He has visited some places with AJ. They have gone around the state and outside the state. I think Anthony has an open mind. I always tell kids to throw a wide net out there. There...
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