When you think Georgia Tech football, what comes to mind? What comes to my mind would be the success of the receivers in the NFL that attended school on the Flats. The most successful of the trio now would be Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas and Stephen Hill, who have all had great success at the next level.
The three of them were home run threats at Georgia Tech and still are with their respective NFL teams. Yet another big play threat that could develop into a Pro Bowl caliber NFL back or receiver is 3-star 2014 Georgia Tech commit, Jalen Johnson.
Johnson was one of the earliest in the 2014 class to commit to playing college ball with the Yellow Jackets. He committed way back in May of 2013, May 30th to be exact. He played is college ball in Oneonta, AL. at Oneonta High School. The scholarship offer from Georgia Tech was actually the first for Johnson, in this day and age it’s almost unheard of for a college player to make a decision on where he will live the next four years of his life so quickly. Johnson had offers from Furman and Southern Miss as well, and is still possibly a target for Auburn.
Although the size isn’t there, the 6-2, 195 lb Johnson will still be a threat to defenses at the FBS level. When you turn on his highlight reel, you see a a very productive and hard working talent, as Johnson is literally all over the field on every down. You can put him on the punt return team and he’s going to produce, you can put him in a tailback he’s going to produce, you put him on defense at safety or even at a DB spot he’s going to produce.
Scouts feel that Johnson plays beyond his size and strength and exceeds what he looks like he might be able to do on first glance. He has the ability to make plays despite what some would look at to be limitations in speed, flexibility and size.
This outstanding recruit may not even make a name for himself at receiver, but these types of players are a one in a million. The speed may not match, but one player that this kid reminds scouts of is current Seattle Seahawks WR, Percy Harvin. No matter where you line him up he’s going to be special and productive.