2014 Recruiting Player Profiles: Rico Johnson

Scott Cunningham

Next Wednesday is college football's National Signing Day, a huge event for fans in Bulldog Nation. Between now and then Dawg Sports will be profiling every single player in Georgia's 2014 signing class.

We continue our series with recent re-commit Rico Johnson, from Truetlen County by way of Swainsboro and then Atlanta Sports Academy. Johnson committed way back in the summer of 2012 after coming to Dawg Night, impressing the coaches, giving a blistering 40 time in the 4.2s, and crying tears of joy on getting an offer. Unfortunately, the NCAA didn't like one or two classes he took, and that's why he wasn't able to help last season.

And if there's one thing you're sure to see watching Johnson, it's that speed. Just watch this first clip...

Listed 5'11, Johnson will need to get stronger to handle SEC defenders. And like all kids coming out of high school, learning to read coverages and run routes properly will also be needed. But then, we've got arguably the best WR coach in the business teaching him. And the one thing that coach can't teach? Speed. Johnson should be able to stretch the field offensively similar to how we've seen Reggie Davis, Justin Scott-Wesley, Malcolm Mitchell, and Chris Conley being used. Johnson has also lined up some in the backfield, for direct snaps and jet sweeps, so he could be used in that regard or also on bubble screens with experience trying to find a seam in the trash to bust through.

But as he said on committing again recently, and as most Georgia fans will be happy to hear, where Johnson may have the biggest immediate impact is in the return game. He's not just fast, but slippery with great stop, start, and acceleration, so he can return punts as well as kickoffs. If his hands are sure (please be sure), then his speed would make him an immediate All-SEC candidate as a return man. He'll get a look there, and whether or not he can win the job depends on him. But Georgia just may have a new fastest guy on campus for the competition with Marshall, Mitchell, Davis, and others.

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