Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rising star watch: Zeandae Johnson

Photo contributed (espn.com)
Central-Fresno has been on a roll with producing NCAA Division I football prospects. The Grizzlies, though, haven't had a legit college football tight end during their streak of pumping out football prospects.

Looks like that's changing - in the form of big 6-foot-4, 245-pound Zeandae Johnson.

The 2015 prospect has seen an increase of interest from different programs by hitting the camp/tournament season hard. Here's a breakdown of Johnson:

WHAT TO LIKE: Already has the size of a college level tight end. A fundamentally sound blocker in the running game. Shows excellent leverage on a defender. Places his hands inside the chest and drives opponents out of the play. Has an offensive lineman's mean streak with his blocking and can bury opponents to the ground. As a receiver, he's improved his speed by getting down to the 4.7 40-yard dash range. Shows good control of his catches. Runs like an old school fullback and is hard to bring down.

WHAT TO BUILD ON: Can continue to work on his routes, especially with getting in and out on his breaks. Not a deep threat. Though he has good speed for a high school level tight end, he can always build on that aspect.

OVERALL: Johnson has received interest from Auburn, Nebraska, Fresno State, Washington, Cal and other schools. With the Grizzlies top offensive weapons Nick Wilson (Arizona) and Michiah Quick (Oklahoma) gone, don't be surprised if Central opens up its offense and feeds Johnson the ball. At talent rich Central, Johnson might be the most underrated college prospect the Grizzlies have.

More on Johnson: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2086800/highlights/111407383

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