LCA WR/CB Joe Johnson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Life Christian WR Joe Johnson, III secures offer from Marshall University
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Prior to the start of the summer, Joe Johnson, III was left with a decision to make. His choices were to either stay at Hermitage and continue to develop under newly hired Derrick Johnson, or make a change in scenery for a fresh start elsewhere. With academics and college on his mind even as a sophomore, Johnson followed prospects such as Khalil Finger and Ali Jennings out the door and made the switch to Life Christian Academy. The jump has paid major dividends for Johnson as he’s been able to accumulate five total collegiate offers since transferring from Hermitage to include his most recent one from Marshall.
“It came about through my 7-v-7 coach (Steve),” Johnson told recruit804. “He really has helped me already and I can see him being a great mentor for me in the future. He reached out to several coaches about me already and Marshall pulled the trigger. I feel really good about it all. It just keeps reassuring me that the work I’m putting in is paying off.”
Blessed to receive an offer to Marshall‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/K22tjZ2sF9
— Joseph Johnson lll (@jojojohnson089) December 28, 2018
Johnson has also picked up offers from Howard, William & Mary, St. Francis and Virginia University of Lynchburg. The lack of interest early played a huge toll on Johnson as he initially didn’t see his recruitment getting to the point where it is at this moment.
“A year ago I didn’t think I would be at the position I’m at now which is trending up, but I’m just grateful for the opportunities I’ve had given to me,” Johnson stated.
This past season, Johnson was utilized at defensive back on average more than he was at wide receiver. He was able to accumulate 40 tackles; nine pass break ups and three interceptions. Beginning to take notice of his skill has been multiple programs including: Villanova, Delaware State, Elon, Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, Virginia and Virginia Tech. With his senior year right around the corner, Johnson has his eye on making sure he stays on the football field through the duration of the season.
“My goals are to stay healthy and have a career high in tackles and interceptions. But mainly to stay healthy and make it to the next level,” Johnson said.
In addition to Johnson landing his offer from Marshall, the Thundering Herd also offered Class of 2019 LCA wide out and cornerback Noah Taylor. The offer gave Taylor his second college scholarship opportunity.
– Brandon Mitchell