Many recruits will tell you that their first offer is always important and close to their hearts because it’s the first college to offer them a full ride scholarship and offer them a chance to play the game they love at the next level. While every recruit doesn’t always chose the school who offered them first, there are some who do. In this case that player is Dewitt (Mich.) 2015 quarterback Jake Johnson, who announced on Sunday afternoon that he will be taking his talents to Central Michigan, who presented him with his first scholarship offer back in October of 2013.
Obviously this is a big grab for Central Michigan. Johnson bursted on the scene as a freshman and he has only gotten better over the years. As a junior, he led his team to Division 3 State Championship, all while throwing for 2,055 yards, 31 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions according to The D-Zone website. Although they loss the Division 3 State Championship to Zeeland West, no one could take anything away from Johnson and his amazing season.
If you’re wondering how well does Johnson fit with Central Michigan and their usual group of quarterbacks I would say he fits very hell. According to MichiganPreps.Rivals.com, Johnson should fit right in with Central Michigan, considering five of the last six quarterbacks signed by Central Michigan have been dual-threat passers.
Johnson certainly fits the mold of what Central Michigan likes in their dual-threat quarterbacks. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Johnson is what I consider to be a solid athlete with a nice strong-arm. He has shown the ability to throw the ball accurately on the move but he has also shown that he can make some plays with his feet, despite not having great speed.
However, the main thing that stands out to me about Johnson’s game is his decision-making and accuracy. As a junior, he only threw three interceptions, and according to the D-Zone website, he completed 68% of his passes last season. He always throws the ball with great touch especially when throwing the ball deep. He always places the ball in the right spot for his receivers to succeed and he seems to be avid student of the game, considering his ability to read the defense before and after the snap.
Overall, I would call this a great pick-up for the Central Michigan Chippewas. This young man has plenty to offer early on but he also has tons of upside and with the right coaching at the next level, he could developed into a great quarterback. I’m willing to bet that Johnson could be the quarterback that leads Central Michigan to more MAC Conference championships.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit