Landen Johnson is doing big things in his High School football career. The 6’2″, 200 pound, Linebacker from Dudley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, went from a backup as a Sophomore to having an explosion of a year in his Junior campaign. Johnson finished the season with 135 total tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 2 pass deflections, and 2 sacks. This led the Panthers in total tackles and helped lead the team to the playoffs, finishing with a 10-3 record.
There is no doubt to why Johnson had such a breakout season. You can tell by his film that he has a high football IQ, closing speed, and sideline to sideline speed. “I can read offenses and be explosive at the point of attack. My pass coverage, footwork, and leadership on the field are strengths as well,” said Johnson. His main feature is his power and strength, which gives him the ability to wrap up defenders and drive them backwards into the ground. The bright spot for Johnson, is that he has all the tools and he can only improve on his game going forward.
Next season, Johnson will be dual enrolled at Dudley High School and NCA&TSU. Academically, he wants to continue to excel and maintain his GPA of 4.15 or higher. Athletically, he would like to help his team win the Conference and win another State Championship, which they won in 2016. With one season left, Johnson also hopes to add to his hardware from this season after making the All-Conference and All-Area teams. “Personally, I would like to dominate defensively and be a game wrecker. I would like to be recognized as an All-Conference player again and make All-Area 1st Team. I would like to exceed 150 tackles along with getting interceptions, sacks, tackles for loss, and pass break ups,” he said. Once he accomplishes these feats, he will surely catch the eye of college scouts and they will be keeping a tab on Landen Johnson in his Senior Season, if they are not already.