Kentucky Wildcats National Signing Day: UK gets Garrett Johnson

unnamed (1)Name: Garrett Johnson

Position: Wide Receiver

Height/Weight: 5-9, 160 lbs.

Hometown: Winter Garden, FL

Rivals: 3*

Scout: 3*

ESPN: 3*

24/7: 3*

The transition to Neal Brown’s Air-Raid offense has put a renewed emphasis on bringing in capable receivers, but circumstances and a lack of bodies at the position prevented Kentucky from running the scheme in 2013.  

Johnson is an ideal inside receiver in this type of offense and he can do so many things well that there is little doubt he will be involved in the game planning sooner rather than later.

While some may be concerned with Johnson’s physical size, his ability to escape defenders and outrun defensive backs keeps him out of harms way more often than not.

Johnson may not be the team’s first option for jump balls in the endzone, he is a dynamic player in space and he excels at picking up yards after the catch.

He is becoming a popular pick for the “sleeper” of the class and his abilities combined with the opportunity for early playing time and the team’s offensive scheme may provide him the opportunity to surprise a lot of people.  

Here’s an excerpt from ESPN’s evaluation:

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.

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.

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