Stuart (FL) Martin cornerback George Johnson III announced on Wednesday that he was entering the transfer portal.
Johnson was a high school dual-threat quarterback who was bound for either wide or defensive back in college. He was a 247 Composite 3-star, the #60 athlete, and #876 overall in the class of 2019. I initially gave him a TTB Rating of 73 (LINK) before eventually giving a 58 (LINK).
Johnson redshirted in 2019, did not play in any games in 2020, and played in three contests this past season, making just 1 tackle. In the off-season some Michigan receivers said he was the most difficult cornerback to shake, but that didn’t translate to the game field for whatever reason. It was always going to be tough for him to climb the depth chart at Michigan, considering the position switch and the other talent. But it didn’t help that Michigan signed a bunch of defensive backs in this 2022 class, at least a couple of whom would probably jump ahead of him pretty quickly.
Joining RB Zach Charbonnet (UCLA), OG Nolan Rumler (Kent State), LB Anthony Solomon (Arizona), WR Giles Jackson (Washington), OG Zach Carpenter (Indiana), and LB Charles Thomas (unknown), Johnson is the seventh player from the 2019 class to transfer.
Name: George Johnson III Height: 6’0″ Weight: 193 lbs. High school: Stuart (FL) Martin Position: Cornerback Class: Redshirt sophomore Jersey number: #24 Last year: I ranked Johnson #83 and said he would be a backup cornerback (LINK). He did not play. TTB Rating: 58
Johnson has spent two years on Michigan’s campus now, and he has yet to play a down. After coming in as a receiver, he switched to cornerback prior to the 2020 season. Despite some terrible cornerback play – albeit in a shortened season – Johnson didn’t play, even on special teams. In today’s college football world, year three is pretty much a now-or-never situation. If he finds himself buried on the bench this fall, this might be his final year in Ann Arbor.
Name: George Johnson III Height: 6’0″ Weight: 193 lbs. High school: Stuart (FL) Martin Position: Cornerback Class: Redshirt freshman Jersey number: #22 Last year: I ranked Johnson #94 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted. TTB Rating: 58
Johnson had a pretty quiet first year in Ann Arbor, which was fully expected. A high school quarterback, he spent the 2019 season transitioning to wide receiver. He earned Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the Illinois game, but otherwise, things were pretty quiet.
Now Johnson has reportedly moved to cornerback, his third position in three years. Michigan does not have a lot of depth at cornerback, but I would expect Johnson to be at or near the bottom of the depth chart. He didn’t even have spring ball to help get acclimated to the position, so players he might have surged past are probably still watching him in the rearview mirror. I expect this season to be another year of mostly standing on the sideline.