Cory “CJ” Johnson #67
ASA College (JUCO)
Johnson graduated from ASA in Brooklyn, NYC in December and enrolled at UK in January to go through spring practice and the spring game with the team. Since Kentucky lost the bulk of their key DT’s last season, Johnson has the perfect opportunity to turn his JUCO experience into a starting spot at Kentucky.
He led his team in tackles, an oddity for a D-lineman, and had 49 tackles at ASA including 1 TFL, 4.5 sacks, and a pass breakup his sophomore season. As a true freshman he played in 7 games, logging 23 tackles- 9.5 TFL, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
ESPN and Scout pegged Johnson as a 3 star while Rivals and 247 gave him 4. He was ranked as the 31st best JUCO player by ESPN in the JUCO Top 50 and the 8th JUCO D-lineman. He chose Kentucky over Miami and Texas Tech.
In high school Johnson played tackle and end and logged more than 100 tackles his senior season including a game-high 20.
Johnson has the experience and size needed to come in and make an impact for the Wildcats. All the other DT’s are seemingly young aside from Jabari Johnson (JR) who has only played in 2 games during his UK career, and Mike Douglas (SR), and Melvin Lewis (JR). Jacob Hyde, Zane Williams and Reggie Meant. For the most part, the DT group is fairly inexperienced, especially in the SEC and the competition is wide open.