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Pros and Cons to 4-Star OT Roderick Johnson's Top Schools

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 4, 2013

Pros and Cons to 4-Star OT Roderick Johnson's Top Schools

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    Roderick Johnson is a 4-star offensive tackle from Missouri who attends Hazelwood Central High School. At 6'6" and 315 pounds, Johnson is one of the best blockers in the 2014 class.

    Although he needs to erase some issues with his technique, Johnson has a ton of potential. He has great strength to push defensive linemen around, plus he has solid athleticism to protect passers in space.

    Wanted on the recruiting trail, Johnson has a large amount of offers. However, he has narrowed his list, according to Greg Powers of Scout.com. A careful examination of each finalist must be conducted by Johnson before he settles on a final decision.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Ohio State

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    Pros

    Johnson's physical style of play in the trenches would add a dimension of power to Ohio State's offensive front. The Buckeyes run a spread-option attack, so having quick and athletic blockers is needed to operate their scheme.

    Johnson has enough athleticism to play in the Buckeyes' offensive attack, but he'd also add size and strength. Ohio State is coached by Urban Meyer, a proven winner, plus it is one of the best programs in the land.

     

    Cons

    Immediate playing time may be tough to achieve, as Ohio State has recruited exceptionally well under Meyer, with several stud offensive linemen recently signing up to block in Columbus.

    Johnson will have make sure the Buckeyes' spread-option attack is an offense he wants to develop his skills in. 

Alabama

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    Pros

    Playing at Alabama is a top-notch experience, as it is viewed by many as the premier program in the nation. By signing with the Crimson Tide, Johnson would likely compete for SEC and national championships until he leaves.

    Head coach Nick Saban is a great coach who wins a ton of games, plus 'Bama is known for having excellent offensive linemen. Johnson's ability to play strong in the running game would make him a great fit in the Tide's run-oriented offense.

    Alabama has great facilities, plus its fans are the most intense and passionate in the country.

     

    Cons

    Competition for playing time is fierce, as 'Bama's roster is loaded with talent. Also, six great offensive line prospects have committed to playing for the Crimson Tide this year alone. 

Florida State

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    Pros

    Florida State has a better history of producing talented offensive linemen than many realize. Also, the Seminoles have stocked their roster with terrific talent, so Johnson will compete for championships in Tallahassee.

    Jimbo Fisher is an offensive-mined head coach, so Johnson's side of the ball may get a little more attention. Florida State has a wonderful history of winning, plus it has impressive facilities.

    If Johnson works hard, he could crack the two-deep depth chart before the end of his freshman season. 

     

    Con

    A severe case of homesickness may strike Johnson, as Tallahassee is not close to his home near St. Louis. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Use the interactive 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to track Johnson's recruitment through National Signing Day!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

     

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