NCF On The Trail: Garrett Johnson

Youth a recruiting pitch for Vols, Cats 

September, 25, 2014

Either Tennessee hit a home run with its 2014 recruiting class or the Volunteers are playing with fire. Either way, the Volunteers are taking a big gamble with their freshmen.

Head coach Butch Jones has played 71 percent (22 of 29) of his true freshmen — an incredible stat that some coaches might be scared to advertise for fear that future opponents might try to take advantage of inexperienced players. Jones, however, has taken the opposite approach and is using the fact as a recruiting tool.

The official Tennessee football Twitter account has tweeted out several stats about how many freshmen have played, and behind the scenes, the Volunteers' staff is not shy about telling recruits they are young and need more talented prospects to play early and add depth to an improving roster.

Tennessee assistant athletic director Jason Yellin appeared almost proud to share how many freshmen have played this year.

"We have played the most in the nation, 22,” Yellin said in an email. "For comparison, last year’s high was 18 by UCLA. We have started seven so far and could potentially start two more on Saturday at Georgia."

Critical positions in SEC recruiting 

September, 3, 2013

Each year college coaches prioritize their recruiting needs. Whether it's offensive or defensive linemen or skilled positions, there always seems to be an area that needs more attention than others. Here's a closer look at the most important position for each SEC team in recruiting this year.

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Speedy Garrett Johnson picks Kentucky

July, 28, 2013
The Kentucky Wildcats secured a commitment from three-star wide receiver Garrett Johnson (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange), according to multiple reports.

Arizona, Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Marshall, Northwestern, South Florida and Vanderbilt also offered scholarships to the 5-foot-10, 168-pound Johnson.

Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, North Carolina State and UCF also recruited the under-the-radar prospect.

Johnson first gained recognition with a huge sophomore season. In 2011, he caught 58 passes for 1,014 yards (17.5 average) and 11 touchdowns.

He then displayed great athleticism this spring on the Nike Combine circuit, posting an electronically-timed 4.61 40-yard dash, 4.10 20-yard shuttle, 33.1-inch vertical, 31-foot power throw and 81.33 SPARQ.

Kentucky has 21 commitments for 2014. The Wildcats' class is ranked No. 13 by RecruitingNation.

IMG 7v7 SE Regional: 5 things to watch 

April, 19, 2013
The IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Championship in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday and Sunday will feature several ESPN 150 players. This star-studded event will feature the South Florida Express, one of the top 7-on-7 teams in the country, and Team Tampa, which won the IMG 7v7 National Championships last year. Here's a look at five things to watch at this weekends events.

1. Wide receiver position is loaded
Ermon Lane
Derek Tyson/ESPNHomestead, Fla., wide receiver Ermon Lane will be one of several top prospects participating in the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Championship.
There will be a plethora of top wide receivers in Bradenton this weekend. Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), the No. 1-ranked wide receiver in the country, will have a chance to showcase his abilities against some elite talent. Additionally, Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Moral Stephens (Perry, Fla./Taylor County), Kenric Young (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville), Isaiah Ford (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), Garrett Johnson (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) and 2015 wideout Da'Vante Phillips (Miami/Central) are scheduled to participate.

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Lessons Learned: Orlando NFTC 

March, 16, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The 2013 Nike Football Training Camp tour continued in Orlando on Saturday as several top players from the Central Florida area showcased their skills at West Orange High School. There were individual standouts at every position as well as several players who put themselves on the map with impressive performances.

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Five stories to watch: Orlando NFTC 

March, 15, 2013
Here are five storylines to watch on Saturday.

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Bulls make a move on in-state receiver 

February, 17, 2013
Class of 2014 wide receiver Garrett Johnson (Winter Gardens, Fla./West Orange) went down to USF on Sunday hoping to see more of the changes the program had made in the last several months.

With a staff overhaul, and a different-looking group in the in the athletic facilities, there were some things Johnson had yet to see despite his having visited before.

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Fla. wide receiver nets ACC offer 

February, 13, 2013
2014 wide receiver Garrett Johnson (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) has another scholarship offer to consider.

Northwestern was the first to offer the 5-foot-10, 165-pound prospect, but an ACC school jumped in the mix on Wednesday.

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