The Arizona Wildcats signed a big, speedy wide receiver from Southern California on Wednesday in 3-star Jalen Johnson.
Read on for Johnson’s profile.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Hometown: Eastvale, California
Ranking: No. 1,173 overall, No. 136 wide receiver, No. 110 player in California
Star Rating: 3-star (247Sports Composite), 3-star (247Sports), 3-star (Rivals)
2018 Stats: 45 receptions, 789 yards, 6 TD
Career Stats: 55 receptions, 978 yards, 7 TD
Other Offers: Colorado State, New Mexico, Oregon State, Utah
Early Enrollee: No
Brandon’s thoughts: I really enjoy watching Johnson play. He has made a sizable and noticeable jump in his game from his junior to senior seasons. He is fast for his size, running somewhere around a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. His routes are crisper and much improved from last season. His playmaking ability is what stands out to me the most. He is a threat all over the field, most notably along the sideline and intermediate to deep down the field. I can’t wait to see what he does at the next level.
Gabe’s Thoughts: Arizona is landing a speedy threat with size and much improved route running from a year ago. The offense is going to be interesting to see in a few years once Noel Mazzone gets his personnel and scheme fully in place. But regardless of scheme, I think Johnson ends up having a nice career at Arizona. If it’s more of a spread, vertical type of offense, Johnson will be dangerous over the top. If it’s a short passing game filled with screens, he has the ability to make guys miss off the line. He’s a great prospect because he’s not the one-trick speed burner that relies on one dimension. He has size, speed, elusiveness and a route tree. You could plug him into any Pac-12 offense, whether that’s Oregon, Utah or USC, and he’ll make plays.
Favorite Food: “It is definitely pizza!”
Favorite Music Artist: “Male artist is Drake and female artist is Lauryn Hill.”
Hobbies: “I like to draw, play the piano, sing, and, of course, play video games!”
Favorite Sports Team/Pro Athlete: “I don’t have a favorite team but my favorite player is Dez Bryant.”
Biggest supporter throughout your career: “My biggest supporters have been my parents and my track coach, Chris Wilcox.”
What you love most about playing football: “I just love competing. I’m a competitor when it comes to anything. Football is somewhere I can do that every single play.”
Major: “To be honest I haven’t completely decided yet. I’m still trying to make up my mind.”