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Jaquan Johnson to Miami: Hurricanes Land 4-Star ATH Prospect

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Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 2, 2017

Jaquan Johnson is staying home. The 4-star prospect committed to the University of Miami on Tuesday, announcing the decision on his Twitter account:

Johnson, a Miami native entering his senior season at the respected Killian High School, had offers from no fewer than 18 major college programs, per 247Sports. He made his decision a little less than two weeks after taking an unofficial visit to South Carolina.

Despite interest from across the country, Miami has been considered a heavy favorite throughout the process. 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions gave the Hurricanes a 91 percent chance of landing him, with Florida being the only other school to receive a vote.

Johnson is already the 23rd player to give Al Golden his commitment in the Class of 2015. He is Golden's sixth 4-star player and is his fourth-best recruit overall, behind fellow Florida products Jordan Scarlett, Mark Walton and Dexter Williams.

One slight problem: Scarlett, Walton and Williams are all running backs—one of the two positions from which Johnson is expected to choose. An all-everything talent throughout his high school career, Johnson is viewed as an athlete by most publications. Though officially listing him as a safety prospect, 247Sports also has running back listed as a possible long-term fit.

If playing time were his biggest concern, Johnson's position may have already been decided the moment he chose Miami. As a defensive back, he understands route concepts and uses his elite speed and fast-twitch quickness to cover receivers well.

His athleticism shines through more on the offensive side of the ball right now. He is an explosive ball-carrier who needs only a small crease to reach the second level of the defense. Lining him up at wide receiver isn't out of the question either; he's played the position (and done so well) in high school. Playing against more difficult competition in the ACC will prove a challenge, but the kid does not lack for confidence. 

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