Rising Star, DL Ivory Johnson, Westdale Middle School (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Ivory Johnson attends Westdale Middle School and is a powerful defensive lineman. At 6 feet 1/2 inches, he weighs 165 pounds. He averages two to three sacks and six to seven tackles a game while playing like a beast on the field. With a remarkable 3.7 GPA, he not only rules the field but also the classroom. He had the chance to play for the junior high Gridiron All-American Bowl, where he completely dominated the field and proved to everyone what an incredible athlete he is. Having played football for seven years, he is eager to advance in his career. 

How did you get started in football, and what inspired you to play the sport?

I started playing flag football for a BRCC team and my dad played football.

What positions do you enjoy playing the most, and why?

I really enjoy playing defensive line, but I feel like I really would enjoy playing running back.

How do you balance schoolwork and football during the season?

Any work that I might have to do at home, I dedicate my free time at home to do that work.

What aspects of your game do you feel you have improved upon the most since you started playing?

I feel like I improved on containing and blitzing the edge.

What are your individual goals for the upcoming football season?

My goals are to get some touches in as a running back, but also play as a good defensive player for my team.

Are there any professional football players you look up to, and if so, why? 

I do not look up to any NFL players.

How do you stay motivated during practices and training sessions, especially when facing tough drills or exercises?

I enjoy the time that I spend on the field and by thinking about my future it motivates me to get through the tough practices and games.

What advice would you give to other young players? 

Stay focused if you truly want to commit to playing football in the future, and do not let anything stray you away from what truly matters. Also, to be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be and stay dedicated.

Anything that makes you stand out and you would want everyone to know? 

This is my first year at a new position.