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Tyron Johnson recruit scouting report: Receiver with balance, body control, hands

Johnson is one of the best receivers in the country.

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Tyron Johnson is rated as one of the top offensive playmakers in the nation, and the 2015 prospect is being recruited by schools across the nation.

Johnson attends New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton High School, and is projected to play wide receiver at the next level. He is listed at 6'1 and weighs in at 185 pounds.

Johnson is a consensus four-star, receiving the rating from 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN. He is also a composite four-star, which aggregates the ratings of all four services. The 247Sports Composite considers him the 42nd-best player in the class of 2015, ranking him as the fourth-best wide receiver in the nation and the top prospect in the state of Louisiana.

As expected for the top player in a talent-rich state like Louisiana, Johnson has received a multitude of offers from programs around the country. LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma and UCLA are among the schools that have offered him.

Johnson can be followed on Twitter @_TBJ13.

I like Tyron Johnson because he's not an athlete who immediately jumps off the page with measurables and combine numbers. He's just 6'1 and 185 pounds, and runs a 4.52 40-yard sash. Johnson is not elite based on his size and speed combination — something appropriately used to justify high star ratings on many prospects. Johnson's is merely good.

But to that good combination of size and speed, he adds quite a bit, and it really shows up on film. Johnson is a solid route runner, and is able to get some separation on underneath and intermediate routes.

Most impressive are Johnson's hands and body control. Johnson makes a number of excellent catches in traffic and in the red zone by controlling his body, gaining the positioning advantage over the defender, timing his jump, and snatching the football aggressively with his hands, never letting the ball get into his chest plate. That's a set of skills that produces first downs, and in the red zone, touchdowns.

Johnson also has some deceptive wiggle and after-the-catch ability. He's not violent or sudden, but has a smooth, gliding gait and the ability to shake a defender and then get going up the field, not wasting time with multiple moves. The smoothness hides some of the effectiveness.

I think Johnson can eventually play at 205 or more pounds, and can be a multi-year starter at the BCS level. He reminds me some of former five-star receiver Travis Rudolph, of Florida's Cardinal Newman from the 2014 class.