Isaiah Johnson, the five star cornerback from Bluefield, West Virginia is the crown jewel of the 2021 class for the Mountaineers. Currently ranked as the top high school player in the state of West Virginia, he’s also considered the 6th best cornerback and 75th best player overall. He holds offers from Kentucky, Marshall, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, but right now, he’s been linked to Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.
Moments ago, Johnson announced the top eight schools that he’s considering and West Virginia University made the list. In addition to the Mountaineers, Johnson listed USC, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas and of course Georgia, Tennessee and LSU.
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— Isaiah Johnson (@IsaiahJohns21) June 2, 2020
According to 247, “Johnson has a good frame with length. Can carry 200 pounds comfortably. Verified 4.52 in 40. Quick and fast. Changes direction well. Smooth in backpedal. Loose hips and transitions easily to turn and run with receiver. Tracks ball well. Drives on ball well. Superb body control with plus athleticism. Quick out of breaks. Closes on ball in the air. Will set the edge in running game. Willing tackler. Needs to play more physically. Upper body strength improvement is needed to contend with college receivers. Elite talent who can impact an elite program immediately. First round NFL draft pick potential.”
This is the type of player that could completely change a defense early in his college career. A shutdown cornerback like him makes an average or above average defense very good. Neal Brown’s desire to keep in-state players home will make Johnson a top priority for the Mountaineers.