Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’ll cover the news and which way an elite 4-star DB like Tyreke Johnson might feel about the program right now and add his thoughts on a big name like Justin Fields at that.
Tyreke Johnson never takes a rep off on the field. When he speaks, it is the exact same thing.
Johnson is engaging but also mindful. He can be very candid, but also protect the information he wants to keep inside his shoulder pads.
He’s been rated among the nation’s elite players for the Class of 2018 for years now.
So he gets it. It is always a strong interview.
We had a wide-ranging discussion about all things: The NCAA early signing period. His thoughts on his brother DeAndre’s performance in “Last Chance U: Season 2” and why he respects schools like Florida and Georgia by showing up clad head-to-toe at a camp in their gear.
Johnson told me which schools have let him know he has a spot in the class no matter what.
He also said UCLA has recruited him at an extreme rate longer than any other program.
Johnson now thinks that he could even make a silent commitment at some point in his recruiting timeline. Not yet. But maybe later on down the road.
Tyreke Johnson on Justin Fields
This is a UGA blog. So the habitual Justin Fields question was asked. Especially since Johnson saw Fields and fellow 5-star QB Matt Corral and Fields at the Florida “Friday Night Lights.” Johnson didn’t know much about Fields until this year.He sees Cam Newton’s role in his development as key to his rise.
He sees Cam Newton’s role in his development as key to his rise.
“He played on Cam Newton’s 7-on-7 team and Cam saw the potential and Cam just worked with him and got him to the point everyone could do nothing but say ‘Hey, this kid is great’ and it was on from there.”
The five-year starter from Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) believed it when he learned of the prospects that Fields could bring up to eight prospects along with him.
“I believe some people are going to de-commit,” Johnson said. “Justin is definitely a guy I wouldn’t mind rooming with.”
Does Johnson have any inclination where Fields is going yet?
“I honestly do not,” Johnson said. “I am not one of those guys. I feel like that is a groupie question. Because Justin and I are really good friends. I feel like that is a groupie question. If I was to ask ‘Hey, Justin where are you going?’ that would be a groupie question. If one of my friends asked me that I would call him a groupie.”
Johnson said there was a level of respect there. Elite players don’t ask those things of other guys. It is volunteered.
“If you don’t tell me, then I am not going to ask you,” Johnson said.
“Justin — that kid has game — he might the best quarterback I have seen since my brother DeAndre (Johnson),” Johnson said. “Whatever school that Justin goes to is getting a great player and a great guy. Wherever he goes, he can wait until signing day. Those schools are still going to take him.”
“He’s a dual-threat that can also be a pocket passer. He can hurt you with his legs and arms. In the way that college football and the NFL is going, you absolutely need a guy like that on your team.”
Johnson was impressed by the showing that Corral and Fields put oon at Friday Night Lights in Gainesville.
“When I am talking about both of those guys were spinning it, I mean oh my gosh,” Johnson said. “Oh my goodness. It was just like being at The Opening all over again.”
Johnson also noted how well that 3-star Jacksonville QB prospect Carter Bradley threw that day, too.
“He was making the same throws that Fields and Corral were making,” Johnson said. “I thought he was on the level and that some school really needed to pick that guy up.”
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