February 6, 2013

Meet the Recruit: Keeon Johnson

Keeon Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver from Kannapolis, North Carolina. A rare blend of size and speed, the Hoos held off Miami, Notre Dame, and UNC (among others) to secure Johnson's services. With a wide frame and solid height and leaping abilities, Johnson projects as a redzone nightmare. Pairing Johnson with fellow big bodies Canaan Severin, Mario Nixon, and Jake McGee, UVA could develop into a lethal redzone offense. Showing great strength at the point of attack, Johnson will be a matchup nightmare in the slot, either manhandling a nickel corner, or blowing past a slower linebacker. He brings the size and strength that this offense really lacked at receiver outside of Severin this past season. Johnson played in the Carolina Shrine Bowl with fellow Wahoo LaChaston Smith and excelled. Johnson represents the spreading influence of the Hoos into North Carolina, an influence which is sure to increase with the additions of TOB and Jon Tenuta.

UVA Projection: The true value of having a big receiver lies in the running game, and in the redzone. I think Johnson will redshirt this season, but immediately become part of the heavy/redzone package in his redshirt freshman season. With the proper development he could become a huge, sure-handed target over the middle for years to come.

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