NCF On The Trail: Garrett Johnson

Critical positions in SEC recruiting 

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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
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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.
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
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videoORLANDO, 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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Here are five storylines to watch on Saturday.


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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
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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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