January 25, 2022
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Diamond In The Rough: Johnell Johnson

Johnell is a special kind of athlete. At 5’7″ 180, he started at center last season because of his combination of strength and power. He will play Full Back in college. He will need to improve his speed before he gets to college but with his strength and his ability to use his hands either blocking or receiving, he will be a valuable asset. Johnell is a natural leader both on and off the field. He has a 3.8 GPA and works with his teammates with their studies.

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When did you start playing football? I started playing in the 4th grade for the Oak Side Panthers. I was playing both ways on the line. I got into playing because I wanted to do something with my life. I did not want to just sit around and play video games all day, I wanted to do something new and exciting. I also wanted to learn how to control my breathing because of my asthma.

Who are your role models? My mom and dad. My mom is always on me about my academics which is why I have a high GPA. She wants to see me succeed both in school and in life. My dad has been behind me in both my athletic and academic carers. My dad played football and he tells me to work harder than I have ever worked before ant to push myself to the limit.

What would your coaches say about you? I would say that they think I am a hard worker and my GPA is good, plus my work ethic is phenomenal.

What are your hobbies? I like to workout, play sorts, and in the evenings play video games to relax.

Do you play any other sports? I used to play lacrosse and now I do track as well as play football. I participate in the shot put. My best throw was 50 ft.

What are your goals for this season? I want to get my 40 yard dash down to a 4.6 this year. I also want to get a 4.0 GPA this year. Finally I want to win a State Championship this year.

What are you doing to Win State? It takes me motivating my teammates to do their best not just on the field but in the classroom. It takes a team to have one heartbeat, one goal, and one desire to win state.

What do you bring to a college football team? I bring my mindset that I want it more than anyone else. I am willing to work harder, longer than anyone else on the team. Finally, I bring my leadership, I will motivate my teammates to be successful as I want to be.

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