Monday, January 21, 2013
Scouts: Johnson could see early action
By Billy Tucker
Jim Mora lands one of the state’s better corners in Johnny Johnson Jr. (Fresno, Calif./Central East) and continues to build a strong 2013 class mixed with good system fitters at the skill positions and strong bodies up front.
The secondary was a major need and this commitment down the stretch is of major significance. In Johnson, the Bruins now have one of the better cover corners in the country who should be able to help a future pass defense that had its struggles versus potent Pac-12 offense this year. He also offers lock down ability for a defense that likes to pressure. With the skills and need for young talent out on the perimeter, Johnson may have a chance to compete early for playing timing.
Johnson lacks ideal height but UCLA’s third highest rated prospect still has very good press and tight man coverage skills and a physical, feisty edge to him that makes up for his non-prototypical measurables. He has the mental cover corner attributes that you look for and his transitional footwork is clean and his hips and turns are fluid. This young man has good play speed as well and can recover but do feel he will need to work on playing more within the Bruin’s system than freelance and taking risks as he’s not a true burner that will be able to make up for miscues at the next level.
Overall, Mora has a winner headed to Westwood and potentially a corner he will be able to build his defense around in years to come.