After sending an offensive lineman to the Division-1 ranks this year with Malik King, the staff at Muskegon High believes they have another in sophomore Juanye Johnson, already 6-foot-4, 275 pounds.
"Juanye has all the tools to be very special," Big Reds offensive line coach Matt Bolles said. "He has the size, length, tenacity, and frame to be a top level recruit. He started 13 games at right tackle for us as a sophomore. What made that so special is that last season was only his second season ever playing football."
Bolles says the schools showing early interest are Nebraska, Michigan State, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State and Michigan. Johnson did not visit any schools this year, but will look to over the next year.
He will spend part of his offseason recovering from a late season injury, one that he played through to help his team reach the state finals.
"Juanye tore his ACL in the semi-final game against Portage Central in the 1st quarter. Yet he still played the whole game without ever missing a play. He did not play in the state title game versus Brother Rice and we missed him dearly."
The Big Reds have had quite the tradition of football and putting out college prospects, so when the current staff puts him up there with the line of guys before him, it carries a lot of weight.
"He is one of the toughest players we have ever had at Muskegon and he is going to special."