June 4, 2009
Johnson looks for further improvement
What a difference a year makes. As a sophomore, Pine Bluff, Ark. quarterback Claude Johnson threw for just over 1,000 yards and 10 TDs. Enter his 2008, junior campaign which saw the 6'0", 192 pound dual-threat quarterback throw for over 2,800 yards, 34 TDs, while only being intercepted three times.
The secret to his success? "All of our success last season was from our team learning the offense better," Johnson said. Putting up those big numbers gained him an early three-star ranking from Rivals.com, a national ranking (#29) in the dual-threat quarterback category, and all-state honors.
In addition to these honors, Johnson has gained the attention of coaches in the southeast, getting interest from the likes of Georgia Tech, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, and Vanderbilt; while getting formal offers from Central Arkansas and ULM.
Despite the attention, Johnson remains level headed. "It's good to get recognition, but that's not really what I focus on," he said. "What's on my mind this season is a state championship."
The Zebras of Pine Bluff should have a great chance of making a deep playoff run this season, as the leadership of Johnson, along with the senior receiver duo of John Frazier and Chelse Collins, and the junior speedster Trey Well, will give several options for Johnson to again put up big numbers.
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