Bossier LB Johnson has college upside

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

One of the best seasons for a high school linebacker in Louisiana in 2021 was provided  by Bossier’s Christian Johnson. He led his team with 79 tackles, 18 tackles for losses, six sacks, one interception and one blocked punt.

Johnson did all this weighing 190 pounds at 6-0. He goes into the 2022 season bigger at 6-1 and 205 pounds, and faster with 4.65-or-better speed in the 40.

If you’re a college coach, you have to think outside the box some in recruiting him because he plays basically defensive end up on the line — that’s where the team needs him. But I think he’s a legit true outside linebacker for college and one big-time hidden gem with his speed, toughness and size now to be a special recruit in 2022 for many FBS or FCS colleges.

Bossier linebackers’ coach Rahkeem Mitchell thinks Johnson will be a key player for the Bearkats’ defense in 2022.

“Johnson has a great motor on the field that allows him to make plays,” said Mitchell. “He has enough speed to secure the outside and enough toughness to fill the inside. He will be a key player for us this upcoming season.”

“Very exciting young man to watch play with a very high motor,” said head coach De’Aumante Johnson. “He’s that guy you can put all over the field to make a play for you.”

Johnson loves playing football and being with his teammates.

“What I love about football is the competitiveness and the drive to impress my coaches,” said Johnson. “I just love the excitement of making that big play and on the other hand, I love the brotherhood of our team. You never feel left out of anything.”

Notes on Christian Johnson:  Johnson’s thoughts on a major in college: “I would love to major in law but with the strain and time with football, I won’t have the proper time management, so realistically it would be computer science.”

He carries a 2.8 GPA and has an ACT score of 19.

“I love to build fences with my uncle,” said Johnson when asked about his hobbies. “I like spending the time with him and learning things that could help me in future situations, and just watching the fence come together is one of those good things to know.”

About summer camps: “I went to one camp over the break and that was Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.”

Contact Lee at lbrecheen@aol.com