March 9, 2010

Dr. Phillips tackle has nasty streak

Upside has led the Colorado State coaches to watch Orlando (Fla.) offensive tackle Darius Johnson. The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder has a nasty streak, genetics to suggest continued growth as well as a high level of athletic ability.

Johnson has been contacted by Colorado State Offensive Coordinator Pat Meyer, who has previously gotten commitments from Dr. Phillips alums Nico Rainieri, Marvin Ford, Marquis Hood and Charles Favors. Johnson said that foursome has already talked to him about CSU.

"They told me it was a very good school," Johnson said. "It is real cold and stuff."

Johnson said distance from home and weather won't be a factor in his decision. He said Meyer was in Orlando recently and said he wanted to keep an eye on Johnson before offering a scholarship. Thus far Colorado State is the only school to contact Johnson.

In the weight room, Johnson shows steady improvement, having maxed out last week with a 310-pound bench press, a 485-pound squat and a power clean of 275. One of his assistant coaches said he thinks interest in Johnson will pick up soon once he can get back out on the field this spring.

Darius is a great kid," said Dr. Phillips Assistant Coach Steve Schyck. "He is working his tail off in the weight room. He will definitely get bigger. His dad is huge (over 6'4'' and 300 +).  He will get a ton of interest when spring ball starts and all the coaches see him on the field in pads."
The future Architecture Major said he enjoys playing football and has an easy philosophy to follow when playing on the offensive line.

"When I play, I do my job, but I have to get my person on the ground and I think people like that," Johnson said. "I like the hitting the best, just being able to hit somebody."

"I love this kid - he will be playing D1 football somewhere," Schyck added.

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