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Commitment Spotlight – Jamier Johnson

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Texas Football has made it count when it comes to recruiting defense recently. Earlier this month, four-star safety JD Coffey as well as four-star cornerback Ishmael Ibraheem, committed to the Longhorns on the same day. Since then, Tom Herman and company have had to wait until today to secure the next playmaker in the Texas class of 2021.  It comes from a highly coveted out-of-state defensive back.

Jameir Johnson, four-star cornerback out of John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA, announced his intention to join the Longhorns via his Instagram account. The 6’0, 170 lb. four-star cornerback is the 17th ranked cornerback in the 2021 class via the 247Sports Composite. With that, he’s also the 24th ranked player overall in the state of California.

On April 13 Johnson announced via his twitter, a final seven of Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, and USC. Today he makes it official he will be the 14th commit in Texas’ 2021 class.

Player Information

Name: Jamier Johnson

Position: Cornerback

High School: John Muir

City, State: Pasadena, CA

Measurables

Height: 6’0

Weight: 170

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Three Best Traits:

Versatility – As a junior, Johnson took snaps on defense as well as on offense as a wide receiver. Since he has spent time as a wide receiver, he knows exactly what to look for when he is defending them. If need be, Johnson has the ability to come in at wide receiver and be a threat at any time. He even took snaps at quarterback last year.

Length – At the national combine back in January of 2019, Johnson was 5’10 tall but with a wingspan of 6’2. He has since grown a couple of inches and his wingspan should have as well. What Johnson lacks in muscle and size and makes up for with his incredible basketball player-esque length.

Catching high balls – Due to his length and experience as a wide receiver, Johnson is incredible at locating the ball at its highest point and reeling it in. He shows a great ability to stop on a dime, turn around, out jump the receiver, and come down with the ball. He has naturally-great covering instincts.

Areas for Improvement:

Frame – Johnson currently stands 6’0 and 170-pounds. He’s fairly lean with his frame. That being said, he’s a great tackler and shows a nice ferocity to the ball in the run/ screen game. Another year of building muscle and bulking up won’t hurt.

Health – Johnson missed five games of the junior season. Obviously anything can happen and injuries or missing games isn’t necessarily that athlete’s fault, it’s just something to keep an eye out for. Regardless, in just half a season Johnson put up four interceptions and 32 tackles. Pretty incredible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

Jamier Johnson was selected to the first-team all-defense for the Pacific League last season as a junior. After a great season at Northview as a sophomore, he transferred to Muir for his junior year and is now a top-25 player in California. He’s one of the best cornerbacks in the country for 2021 and provides a huge upside to Texas. A guy who can play either side of the ball and can even provide help on special teams. Johnson is an elite-level talent.

Final Verdict

Prior to Johnson’s commitment, Texas sat at number 10 nationally in the 2021 recruiting rankings. The commitment of Johnson not only solidifies Texas’ 2021 class as a Top-10 unit but also solidifies the Longhorns as the team to beat recruiting-wise in the Big-12. Johnson, along with recent commits Ibraheem and Coffey are going to lock down opposing wide receivers for years to come. The 2021 defense is coming along nicely. Coffey, Ibraheem, and Johnson in the secondary. Harris Jr., Sanders, and Thomas at defensive ends with Blackwell at linebacker. This defensive unit is looking scarier and scarier by the minute.

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