Bama commit Deon Johnson catching on 

July, 30, 2012
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HOOVER, Ala. -- Not many people knew Deon Johnson's name when he committed to the University of Alabama in mid-April. The slim wide receiver from Spanish Fort High School just outside of Mobile, Ala., didn't come with the acclaim of a Robert Foster, the No. 2 ranked wideout in the ESPN 150 who played on fields opposite Johnson last week at the National Select 7-on-7 Championships here in Hoover. The hoard of media around Johnson was nearly half of what the standout from Pennsylvania experienced.

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Alex Scarborough/ESPN.comAlabama commit Deon Johnson has the rare combination of a quick burst and good hands.
Ask Johnson's coach, Mark Freeman, and it's understandable why the country may not know Deon Johnson's name yet. Or know that he likes to go by D.J., not Deon. For three years, D.J. was kept under wraps.

"He had to sit out the year before because he moved, his sophomore year," Freeman explained. "That year he didn't play. I'm not sure what he did in Mobile as a ninth grader, he didn't play much then. So he almost missed three years of football."

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