Jaylen Johnson wanted to be part of the action at a young age. He took the ball and ran.
“I stuck with it ever since. I wanted to be a running back,” Michigan State 2023 target, Jaylen Johnson said.
He wanted to spend the most time with the ball, getting it into play and leading the team.
“I lead by example. It shows others how much you care about the game by leading them and what’s best for them. If they’re having a bad day, help them and get them going. If someone’s in the wrong, teach them what you know,” Johnson said.
Johnson pumps them up the way music pumps him up for games.
“Music. Music gets me going,” Johnson said.
It got him to eight offers, one of them being Michigan State.
“When Coach Peagler reached out to me, he called me and told me how he liked my acceleration. That’s one thing where my confidence was at and he pointed it out,” Johnson said.
Accelerating as a running back is one area where Johnson finds confidence in his skills.
“I can play any position on offense. Wherever I’m needed to play, I’ll do it,” Johnson said.
Having a few years until he heads to college, Johnson said he’ll have a final decision his senior year. He does have a decision on where to go academically in his future.
“Sports medicine. With my athletic trainer and being around athletes, if I didn’t make it big, I would want to be around athletes; knowing how it feels to be one,” Johnson said.
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