Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown (School): Kannapolis, NC (Brown)
Height/Weight: 6'3'' 200 lbs
Committed to Virginia: 6/15/12
Lead Recruiter: Scott Wachenheim
Keeon Johnson joined the Cavaliers' 2013 class in June, choosing the ‘Hoos over his other two finalists, North Carolina and Notre Dame. Johnson was the 3rd wide receiver to commit to Virginia in 2012, joining Zack Jones and Andre Levrone in the signing class. Johnson is a consensus 3-star prospect, and played in the Shrine Bowl in December, an all star game for players from the Carolinas. He was joined by fellow Virginia signee LaChaston Smith on the North Carolina team.
Johnson is a big wide receiver with a ton of potential. His size and speed alone helped him build an impressive offer sheet. Johnson starred at A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, the same high school that current Cavalier point guard Teven Jones hails from. At 6'3'' 200, Johnson has speed in the 4.5 range in the 40, making him a deep threat capable of getting behind the secondary. Johnson can also use his size and strength to catch balls in traffic, or fade routes that are up for grabs. From a physical standpoint, Johnson is the most college-ready of the three wideouts Virginia signed. Johnson could use some bulking up, but he already has the frame and speed to be a really dangerous playmaker in Virginia's offense.
UVa has been able to sign a lot of smaller, quicker receivers over the past few years, so a big target like Keeon Johnson is exactly what the Hoos needed. Johnson, along fellow North Carolina native Adrian Gamble, give Virginia a couple more physical receivers to complement the speed and quickness of guys like Darius Jennings and Dominique Terrell. In addition to tight ends Jake McGee, its really helpful to have big athletic targets on the perimeter in the red zone. Johnson can both win 50-50 balls and burn defenders in the open field, a skill-set will help him have a really successful career in Charlottesville.
Keeon Johnson 2011 Junior Highlights (via ALBrownFootball)