The University of Miami received a big commitment last night from one of the state’s top prospects in safety Jaquan Johnson. This four-star recruit from Miami Killian decided to stay home and follow his dream.
”Jaquan has always been a huge UM fan,” said Corey Johnson, Killian’s coach. “I know there were a lot of good schools after him. There were teams with outstanding coaches and facilities. There were programs that have won national championships. But in the end, this is a guy that as a little kid dreamed of playing for Miami. That’s what it came down to. He had the opportunity to go where his heart led him.”
Killian’s coach says the ‘Canes are getting a highly intelligent player that does more than just makes plays.
”They are getting a young man can make people around him better,” Johnson said. “Jaquan breathes and knows the game of football. He’s so talented and does things coaches do. He sets guys up and knows where everybody needs to be. He’s just great with that.
“People don’t understand just how smart and competitive he it. We run seven or eight different coverages and he knows them all. I have to introduce new things to him to keep him on his toes.”
Johnson, 5-foot-10, 182-pounds, is a super prospect and one of the best all-around football players in the state.
There are others that test better. There are others that can run faster or jumper higher,” Johnson said. “But this kid can compete in all areas. Once he buckles up that chin strap there is no one better. It doesn’t matter the level, Jaquan believes he’s the best player at any level. That’s the difference with him. Like I said, there may be better combine guys but there isn’t a safety better than him and he knows that. He will take that to the Hurricanes defense and I think he plays from day one.”
Johnson plays on offense, defense, and special teams. He lines up at cornerback, both safety spots, wide receiver, running back and even quarterback.
”And he can kickoff and knock the ball through the end zone,” Johnson said. “He has the Jack Dempsey style and is a straight on kicker. He can really do it all.