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UNDER THE RADAR: LR Catholic RB Samy Johnson
Little Rock Catholic running back Samy Johnson (middle) breaks through a line of Little Rock Central defenders Thursday during the Rockets’ 70-56 victory over the Tigers. For more high school football photos, visit arkansasonline.com/galleries.
Each Wednesday we feature an in-state prospect that could be flying under the radar of college coaches. This week's UTR prospect is Little Rock Catholic’s Samy Johnson.
SIZE: 5-11, 186 pounds
BENCH: 230 pounds
SPEED: 4.55 (electronic)
STATS: As a sophomore, 211 rushes for 2.036 yards, 23 TDs; 15 catches for 235 yards, 3 TDs; 6 kickoff returns, 206 yards, 1 TD. As a junior, 175 carries for 1,292 yards, 13 TDs; 16 receptions for 217 yards, 2 TDs; 8 kickoff returns for 241 yards, 1 TD.
OFFERS: Texas State, UAPB, UCA
SHOWING INTEREST: Arkansas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Georgia, Penn State, Arkansas State, Virginia Tech and others
COACH: John Fogleman
“It’s one of the weird deals, the bigger schools are really interested in him, but they're really, really trying to evaluate him. Most of them will say something about his size as a running back. Obviously, he can do a lot of other things if somebody wants to put him out at the slot or something.
“The smaller D-I schools come in and say they don’t want to waste their time on him because they don’t think they can get him.”
STRENGTHS: “I think his strength is his vision. He has really good balance as well. He doesn’t get run down from behind often or every really. As a sophomore I kept thinking, well next week, we have North Little Rock or next week it’s (Fort Smith) Northside teams with a lot of speed, and he was still outrunning them. I think his speed is a strength.”
SMILING SAMY: “I think Steve Sullivan does it best when he calls him 'Smiling Samy.' He’s a really good kid, good character. I know all the kids look up to him.”
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