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February 19, 2013

Johnson picks up in-state offer

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West Orange wide receiver Garrett Johnson is picking up steam when it comes to offers.

Johnson attended junior days at USF, and was offered by head coach Willie Taggart to join the Bulls.

Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 165 pound speedy receiver/cornerback said he was surprised to receive the offer so quickly.

"It was a nice surprise," said Johnson. "I really didn't know it would come so quickly. I hadn't really talked to them (USF) as much but I'm definitely glad they offered."

Johnson spent most of his time talking with coaches Walt Wells and David Reaves.

"I really enjoyed the new coaches and getting to see the campus," Johnson said. "I spent a lot of time talking with coach Wells and coach Reaves."

Johnson has offers from Boston College and Northwestern.

"I'm looking for a team that likes to throw the ball a lot," Johnson added. "A team that goes down the field and runs a wide-open offense."

Johnson caught 58 passes for 1014 yards and 11 touchdowns his sophomore year and added 49 receptions for 685 yards and seven scores his junior year. He also rushed 21 times for 194 yards and two scores.

Johnson's production numbers may have gone down because he played both wide receiver and corner for the Warriors in 2012. Johnson was clocked at 4.7 in the 40 at the UnderArmour Underclassmen combine held in St. Petersburg, Fla. He plays for the 'Top Recruits' team from Orlando in the 7-on-7 competition.

Rivals.com southeast analyst Kynon Codrington called Johnson the 'ideal slot receiver'.

"Good speed and quickness," said Codrington. "Can be effective on jet sweeps and reverses. Gets vertical in a hurry and eats up the defender's cushion with sneaky top-end speed. Good in the receiver screen game. "

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