Three-Star Cornerback Anthony Johnson Picks Nittany Lions
James Franklin added another member to the 2016 recruiting class Tuesday evening, landing three-star cornerback Anthony Johnson (Cleveland, OH) who claimed offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Buffalo and UMass. Johnson joins Zechariah McPhearson as the only other cornerback in the class.
Johnson brings a lot of versatility as a prospect. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 185 pounds, he has a long frame that has plenty of room to add more weight. He’s at his best when he’s near the line of scrimmage playing press coverage and allowed to use his wingspan to jam wide receivers. He’s a solid athlete, but looks a little tight in his hips and will need continued development with his technique. Because Johnson has such great size and the build to grow into the 200-pound area, a move to safety down the road isn’t out of the question either.
As far as next season, it would be a major surprise for Johnson to not redshirt. Not only is he behind physically, but he’ll also need to become a better technical player before he sees the field. With Grant Haley, John Reid, and Christian Campbell all returning to cornerback with experience, there really isn’t much of a need for a player like Johnson at this stage anyway.
Welcome to Happy Valley, Anthony.