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Logan Johnson is probably a name you have heard at some point over the last 6 months if you even come close to following our account on Twitter or Georgia high school football in general. Over the summer, the Hebron Christian student-athlete’s offseason highlight video titled “Free Smoke” went viral, and was picked up by 11 Alive News this summer gaining close to 30k views.
That amount of exposure has put the 2021 slot receiver on a lot of team’s radars already, and throughout this season, it seems warranted. Right now, he is currently the leading punt returner in Gwinnett County and tops among sophomores in the state of Georgia with 202 yards on just 8 returns (25 yard avg.) and 2 touchdowns (it should have been 3, but a roughing the punter sent one back).
Just last week, the lightening quick sophomore housed a long 70-yard punt return where he once again set the coverage up with a series of jukes, then got up field outrunning the coverage for a diving score at the pylon. The electrifying play earned him the #4 spot for Week 7 top plays in the state of Georgia, and is the 2nd consecutive week Johnson has made our top plays.
Johnson also has 120 yards receiving on the season including a touchdown. He’s a passionate young man, and feels very good about how the season is going so far saying, “Great season so far, we are loaded at the receiver position this year, so I rotate with three seniors.”
Johnson’s recruitment has already really started, and was offered by an NAIA program over the summer in Faulkner University. He’s visited only one school right now, but has several lined up soon.
“I have visited West Florida and I am going to Valdosta State this Saturday.” Johnson continued, “I plan on visiting Georgia State, Mercer, Jacksonville and Liberty very soon, too.”
Looking past the season, and the class of 2021 recruit really never seems to stop the football grind. “I am looking forward to Hustle Inc. 7v7 season with Coach Tony Ballard in the offseason. I have also been selected to play in the GA Elite Classic game which is huge, and I am already preparing for it, as well.”
As a route runner, Johnson is very tough to guard. You see his 4.1 shuttle time go to work, and he can just turn a defensive back completely around using his quick feet, and being deceptive with his route running. Just watching his footwork, and it was really no surprise to hear that he receives additional training.
“I train with coach Tatum at Elite Talent, Terrance Edwards at TE/WR Academy and Tommy Morris at Crossfit Faded Glory year around,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s goals for this season are simple: “For this year, I want to have a great sophomore season, and to get film. I also wanted to help the seniors – last year when I came here, they took me under their wings.”
The recruiting interest is really just beginning for Johnson. For some colleges his smaller 5’6″ frame might be a deterrent, but over the last year he’s already grown a few inches, and is really focused on improving his speed doing T&F during the spring too. Johnson’s success as a punt returner was a skill we were expecting, his ability to change directions, and operate in space is outstanding, and we expect this trend to continue throughout his HS career.
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