Unique names are not a unique thing in recruiting so a name like Baveon Johnson might not even sniff an all-name team in recruiting. Forget his name though because Johnson is an All-American level talent as an interior lineman.
He proved it with a dominating performance at the The Opening regional camp in Orland and will get to prove it again at The Opening finals in July.
Johnson is a very good athlete for his position with good feet. He moves really well for a player his size. He is already built like a player who could step in early in his career and compete physically.
Johnson shows everything a team could want with a center prospect. His footwork is outstanding and allows him to reach block with ease. He finishes blocks and has a bit of nasty edge to his game too. If he can, he’s going to put a defender on his ass.
He moves well while pulling or getting to the second level. The key is when he gets there is that his body position and hand placement is outstanding. He is always fitting his hands inside for his block.
My only technical criticism of him is that he has a habit of popping up and getting his pad level too high out of his stance at times. That’s something he’ll need to improve, especially when he is facing teams with a dominant nose guard.
He shows great feet and balance in pass protection. He delivers a solid punch and re-adjusts his hands really well.
I think Johnson could play center in just about any scheme, but his feet would help him excel in an offense that primarily utilizes zone runs.
Johnson is physically and technically advanced compared to so many of his peers and that is something that should help get him on the field early during his college football career. He has the potential to develop into a starting interior lineman for multiple seasons at the next level.
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