Washington (DC) St. John’s safety Quinten Johnson committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, and Penn State, among others.
Johnson is listed at 5’11”, 190 lbs. He claims a 4.48 forty, a 4.17 shuttle, and a 35″ vertical.
ESPN: 3-star, 79 grade, #38 S
Rivals: 3-star, #24 S
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #37 S, #486 overall
Hit the jump for more on Johnson’s commitment.
Johnson’s recruitment moved rather quickly. Michigan did not offer him until late May, at which point there was no indication he was heavily interested in being committed to the Wolverines anytime soon. He took an official visit to Ann Arbor roughly three weeks later and the commitment plans were on. He eventually announced on the final day of The Opening.
Johnson has a nice frame for the safety position at Michigan, where the Wolverines will ask him to do a fair amount of man coverage. He has quick feet, can open up and run, and can change direction. He high-points the ball well, and he has some playmaking ability with the ball in his hands. He plays wide receiver, punt returner, and some quarterback for St. John’s, which is a pretty talent-laden program.
On the negative side, Johnson is a little tentative when coming up to support the run, and he stops his feet on contact too often. His backpedal could also use some work.
Overall, Johnson is a good fit for Michigan, largely due to those man coverage skills in a safety’s body. He’s built a lot like current senior safety Tyree Kinnel, but Johnson is a little better athlete. Johnson has mentioned that Michigan wants him to start out at strong safety before possibly moving him to Viper, but I don’t really see a Viper, where players are usually very physical as well as being athletic freaks. Johnson is too tentative for my liking there, and he would need to get significantly stronger.
Michigan now has 19 commits in the 2019 class, including three defensive backs: Johnson, CB D.J. Turner II, and Viper Joey Velazquez. Michigan does not get many players from D.C., and Johnson would be the first from St. John’s. The last District of Columbia project to play at Michigan was safety Cato June in the early 2000s. Michigan did have a commitment from St. John’s QB Kevin Doyle briefly in the 2018 class, but he ended up signing with Arizona.
Michigan only has 11 seniors scheduled to graduate, so the coaching staff is expecting a lot of attrition if they want to squeeze 19+ players into the 2019 class. There are some obvious candidates to leave early for the NFL Draft (Rashan Gary, Shea Patterson, Lavert Hill, David Long, etc.), but that still wouldn’t cover the gap between 11 and 19 (or more).
TTB Rating: 79 (ratings explanation)
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