Monday, January 27, 2014

Rising star watch: Stevan Johnson

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San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno's Stevan Johnson could be the latest breakout running back in a section known for strong running play - the Central Section.

The 2015 prospect has already hit the offseason hard with attending the DB Guru Camp and by planning to be involved in the 7-on-7 field.

His highlight film adds more to the intrigue. Here's a breakdown:

WHAT TO LIKE: Johnson is a hard-nosed runner that can break tackles and finish his runs. Does an excellent job of keeping his feet going after contact is made. Shows good vision and a burst through the hole. Displays excellent balance with keeping his feet under him and continuing to complete his run. Also an effective wide receiver out of the backfield. Very reliable in goal line situations since he's proven to be a north-south grinder. Plays some safety and shows good reads in coverage, then has soft hands to make an interception. Returns kicks as well.

WHAT TO BUILD ON: Needs to be consistent about keeping his pad level low. He tends to run upright. Doesn't have breakaway speed right now and can build on that. Mainly relied on burying his shoulder into defenders and can use a consistent stiff arm.

OVERALL: I've always admired and respected throwback runners, and Johnson fits the old school running back label. I like his aggressive running style and big play capability. He's at a school that produced recent Oregon State commit Chris Brown. Johnson might become a more powerful running back at SJM with continued progression.

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