Micheal Johnson has played defensive end for Fort Bend Hightower for three years but could move into any position on Baylor’s defensive line in upcoming seasons.
Hightower coach Padriac McGinnis expects the 6-3, 250-pound Johnson to continue to grow which could give him some options when he begins playing for the Bears next season.
Johnson verbally committed to Baylor on Tuesday night.
“He’s going to grow because his dad is 6-5 and 380 pounds and he’s got a brother who is 6-7,” McGinnis said. “I think he could grow to where he plays inside on the defensive line. But he could also play outside. The potential is there both ways.”
Johnson has built a reputation as a powerful pass rusher after collecting 9½ sacks and 17 tackles for loss as a junior last season. He’s off to a strong start this season at both defensive end and tight end for a Hightower squad that has a 4-0 record.
“He plays like he’s in a video game where if you need a sack he’s going to get one,” McGinnis said. “When we run the ball behind him on the goal line he’s going to put down the block.”
Though Johnson’s forte is pass rushing, McGinnis said he’s strong against the run. Johnson is the 15th commitment in Baylor’s 2016 class and the second defensive lineman as he joins Spring tackle Bravvion Roy.
“He can stack up the run and he’s good at shedding blocks,” McGinnis said. “He’s got a high motor and just goes out and gets them.”
Johnson originally committed to Houston before opening up his recruitment last spring. He has also been recruited by schools like Texas Tech, Boise State and Washington.