He plans to bring plenty of attitude — and talent — with him across the country.
Sacramento defensive end Deonte “D.J.” Johnson, one of the highest-rated defensive ends nationally, made his pledge to Miami official. He signed Wednesday after 11 a.m. ET.
Johnson reportedly had more offers — 100 — than any player in the 2017 recruiting class.
More about him:
Deonte “D.J.” Johnson
Size: 6-5, 240
School: Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank
Stats: As a senior: 15 sacks, 32 tackles for losses, 80 tackles and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns (Rivals). As a sophomore and junior combined: 48 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, three scoop-and-scores (247)
Stars: Four (247, Rivals, ESPN)
Rank: No. 5 defensive end, 62nd overall (ESPN), No. 6 weakside defensive end, 65th (247), No. 7, 112th overall (Rivals)
Projection: High-end starter at defensive end. ESPN praised him for his pass-rush ability (“disruptive … capable of more than earning his keep by getting after the QB”) and said he “shows flashes of top-level ability.” It’s hard to see Johnson (and Garvin) sitting on the sidelines too long, because of the talent both possess. They’ll come in behind Chad Thomas, Joe Jackson, Demetrius Jackson, Pat Bethel and Scott Patchan. Johnson, for his part, is plenty confident about his abilities and his team; after Clemson won the national championship, he opined that the “ACC is the best conference and we gonna take it over this season.”
Fun facts: Had 100 scholarship offers, which according to this site was the most in the nation … Committed to Miami via a unique video. “Gimme my damn hat” … Had a pair of sacks in the Under Armour All-America game … Wore No. 1 in high school, No. 52 for Team USA and may wear No. 1 at Miami … Has a head full of short, red-tipped dreadlocks … In November, responded to apparent uncertainty about his commitment to Miami with a memorable tweet that harkened back to the old Hurricane days: “Ima say it again, I take this cane s*** serious, I’m coming for heads, we gonna kill s***, I’m a cane for life, I am the baddest mf you know” … Started on the USA Under-19 national team alongside fellow future Hurricane Trajan Bandy.
On tape: Hudl highlights: https://www.hudl.com/profile/4023082/dj-johnson