5-star prospect Tyreke Johnson expects to play cornerback, no matter where he signs


Five-star defensive back Tyreke Johnson has offers from all over the country, befitting a player considered one of the top-20 prospects in the class of 2018.

Johnson (6 feet 1, 177 pounds), from Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy, is listed by most recruiting services as a safety, even though he wants to play corner in college. Regardless of his position, he is a coveted recruit.

“It’s truly a blessing from God because without him, I wouldn’t be anything,” Johnson told GN regarding his high national ranking. “My coaches are putting me in the right situations, and my teammates are a very important factor in my style of play because I’m able to do some of the stuff that I do, the risks and gambles, because I trust my teammates will have my back.”

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Johnson was asked to provide a mini-scouting report on himself.

“Well, first off, I’m a cornerback,” he told GN. “I’m a long, physical, fast, aggressive and fast cornerback. I also play technique and have the athletic ability to make plays that people just go, ‘Wow, how did he make that play?’

“I think I’m a very smart player because of my ability to pre-snap read the route and look at the receiver’s alignment and see where he is going to go.”

Johnson has been offered by seemingly every high-level program, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State … you get the idea.

Johnson has sought advice from numerous highly touted prospects who already have gone through the recruiting process.

Johnson’s older brother, De’Andre Johnson, was “Mr. Football” in Florida as a quarterback at Jacksonville First Coast. He signed with Florida State, then was dismissed after he hit a woman in a bar; he now is at Florida Atlantic and could win the Owls’ starting job this spring.

“From De’Andre, he tells me to take all my visits and have fun,” Johnson said.

One of Johnson’s teammates last year at Trinity Christian was four-star receiver D.J. Matthews, who signed with FSU.

“From D.J., he tells me once you find that one school that’s you, stay 100 percent, don’t ever waver and don’t think twice because if you think twice, you don’t need to go there,” Johnson said.

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Another teammate last season was five-star cornerback Shaun Wade, who signed with Ohio State. “Shaun tells me do whatever feels good for you – just have fun, enjoy your recruitment process,” Johnson said. “It’s long and it’s stressful, and try to get things out of the way early because it gets very stressful at the end.”

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