Friday Night Spotlight: Florida and LSU take closer look at 6-foot-6 QB from Georgia
Every Friday, SEC County will introduce a lesser-known recruit in the Southeast as part of a weekly spotlight series. This week’s Friday Night Spotlight is on Chancellor Johnson, a 6-foot-6 quarterback from Newnan High School.
- Name: Chancellor Johnson
- High School: Newnan
- Position: QB
- Ranking: Unranked
- Offers: Louisville
- Class: 2016
Chancellor Johnson has zero stars and a lone offer from Louisville.
At 6-foot-6 and 218 pounds, the unranked quarterback from Newnan High School is one of the state’s most overlooked players, which is ironic given his tall and lanky frame.
His father says God didn’t make him that tall “to be a follower,” either. He’s cut from the old-school cloth. He’s deceptively athletic, too. During a visit to LSU this summer, Johnson clocked at 4.73 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
It also helps that he can throw the football a mile.
“When it comes to his arm strength, I would take it against anybody in the country,” said his father, Reese Johnson, a former Division I-AA defensive end at then-Northeast Louisiana.
Johnson is confident. He has a short-term memory and takes pride in his leadership ability. When asked by a local paper in Newnan during the offseason about which high school opponent he was afraid of, Johnson responded with “not applicable.” He doesn’t fear anyone. It’s that kind of mentality that leaves his former trainer Derrick Teagle convinced that Chancellor could direct a college team.
“I think he can run a college team from Day 1,” said Teagle, who has known Chancellor since he was in seventh grade. “He has that ‘it’ factor that most people don’t have.”
Teagle says Johnson’s arm is college-ready, the best he’s seen in almost a decade of training athletes in the state. He anticipates his offer list to blow up this fall, too, and he even drew a comparison between Chancellor and Jeremy Johnson, Auburn’s starting quarterback.
“I’ve seen Jeremy play twice in high school,” said Teagle. “They’re very similar. Honestly, I think accuracy, he’s better than Jeremy.”
A two-sport athlete, Johnson is a football player by fall and a baseball pitcher by spring — which could explain his arm talent. He’s pitched for three years at Newnan. His time during the spring is occupied, which is why he’s rarely ever in attendance for Rivals, Scout or 247Sports camps.
But his participation in baseball has served his body well. He’s constantly tweaking and maintaining his arm. At home, he does aerobic work or stretches with bands. His father says he’ll even catch him doing Pilates once in awhile.
Whatever the case, he’s always working to improve. And it has certainly caught the attention of a few schools, most notably Louisville, LSU and Florida. Though he hasn’t received an offer from the latter, Johnson appears to have made a strong impression on both coaching staffs.
“Every coaching staff and program praised his leadership abilities,” said his father, who accompanied him on his visits to LSU and Florida this summer.
According to Chancellor, LSU has yet to determine if they’re going to take a quarterback in its 2016 class. On the other hand, he says Florida coach Jim McElwain expressed to him that the Gators are likely to take two. They’ll wait on more game film this fall.
“They loved him, he loved the place,” said his father. “LSU was like home to him, but Florida really made a strong impression on him.”
As is stands, Johnson tells the AJC that he would like to take official visits to Florida, Louisville and Georgia Southern.