The Kentucky Wildcats have secured their latest commitment of the 2014 recruiting class in the form of Garrett Johnson, a 3-star receiver out of West Orange high School, Florida:
I’M OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO THE THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY! #BBN!
— Garrett Johnson™ (@seven8_9) July 27, 2013
Garrett Johnson was the top slot receiver at UK’s recent huge camp event. Great hands, two legit 4.5/40’s and excellent route runner.
— J.Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) July 27, 2013
Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 162-pound receiver, had his best year was as a sophomore, when he caught 55 passes for 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last year, he played both receiver and cornerback while catching 49 passes for 685 yards and seven TDs. He also scored two touchdowns and gained almost 200 yards on 21 carries.
Johnson also sports a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, as well as scholarship offers from Arizona, boston College, UCONN, Georgia Tech and South Florida among others. Florida State was picking up on his recruitment before he committed to the Cats.
Here is his ESPN Scouting Report
|Size-Strength-Speed||Undersized and lean, but wiry musculature. Lacks ideal height/weight combo. Must develop strength in the upper body. Speed is very good, but feet and overall explosiveness are better. He is very sudden in his overall movement skills. Size is somewhat limiting.|
|Separation Skills||Borderline outstanding. Plays on the inside and outside and can get on toes of DBs in a hurry with explosive get off. Eats up cushion quickly and can stop/start with little-to-no wasted motion. Can stutter and double move with ease. Short-area burst is one of his best traits. Must become more disciplined as a route runner to intermediate levels.|
|Ball Skills||Sound and reliable. Natural hand-catcher on the move with smooth transition upfield. Can adjust to the ball, but lacks size and catch radius to give QBs much room for error. Can elevate and is a good leaper to high point the ball. Has very quick hands.|
|Big Play Ability||At his best after the catch on the perimeter. Bubble screens, jet sweeps and underneath routes are where he excels. Is very sudden with his first cut and ability to make people miss. Gets back up to full speed and can turn short catches into homeruns. If he were a bit taller he would likely be coveted as a cornerback first.|
|Bottom Line||Johnson is likely flying under the radar a bit due to his lack of overall measurables. He is fast, but may be quicker than fast overall. Earliest role as contributor would come likely as a return specialist and sub-package wideout. Has BCS caliber tools. Durability could be a concern. Good player with some big play ability.|