Jeremy Johnson is a four-star pro-style quarterback who's currently committed to play for the Auburn Tigers.
He's the No. 10-ranked pro-style quarterback in the country, according to Rivals.com, so he's obviously a very important recruit for the Tigers to hold on to, especially while they are in this state of uncertainty, as they search for a new head coach to lead the program.
Here's my complete scouting report on the four-star Auburn quarterback commit:
- Name: Jeremy Johnson
- Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama
- School: Carver High School
- Position: Quarterback
- Height: 6'6" (247Sports)
- Weight: 215 lbs (247Sports)
- Rankings: 4-star (Scout.com), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
The first thing you'll notice about Johnson is his size. At 6'6'', 215 pounds he literally towers over most high school players on the field. He's already bigger than some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, let alone in college football. Aaron Rodgers is 6'2'', 225 pounds, and Tom Brady is 6'4'', 225 pounds, if that gives you a reference.
Size will be his big advantage in college football, as he'll be able to see over the line and spot coverages with ease, and it makes him much harder to take down—especially when he runs.
As long as we're sticking with NFL comparisons, he reminds me a lot of a young Ben Roethlisberger (6'5'', 241 lbs) and the obvious comparison for Auburn fans would be Cam Newton (6'5'', 245 lbs), even though he doesn't possess Newton-esque athleticism.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, here's what Johnson will be bringing in the here and now.
He has a very strong arm, can take the snap from under center or in the shotgun and is able to move around the pocket and throw on the run.
His fundamentals as a thrower are extremely solid. Notice below how he has a good, wide base when throwing the ball, which provides him with balance and ultimately accuracy. His throwing arm is also cocked at a 90-degree angle, which is ideal:
His release point is high and far above his head, and notice how he rotates his shoulder and turns his hips into the throw while stepping into it with his front foot:
This is great form for a young quarterback, especially one with the arm strength that he possesses.
The biggest negative I could find in Johnson's game occurs when he runs the ball. He's a very natural runner with good speed and vision, so that's not the problem. What I worry about the most is how he holds the ball when running.
Instead of holding it high and tight to the chest with four points of contact like most running backs are taught to do, he holds the ball low with a swinging motion when running, and almost cradles it with his forearm and bicep.
This may work in high school, but at the college level defenders will be able to spot this, and he's much more likely to fumble the ball due to a strip move.
He'll have to tuck the ball higher if he plans on running a lot at the college level.
Will Johnson be Auburn's next great QB?
Because of his size, arm strength and technique as a thrower, it's easy to say that Johnson has the potential to be a great college football quarterback.
With coaching, time and experience, he could end up being a quality starting quarterback in college football, if not one of the best in the nation.
His intangibles are his greatest strength, but his fundamentals are also solid for his age. With the right coaching, Jeremy Johnson could be one of the bigger names in college football in a few years.