Cornerback Elias Johnson out of Portland metro powerhouse Jesuit has made it official:
A mid-high three star per 247 Sports and the 247 Sports composite ranking, Johnson verbally pledged to Washington last June during the period in which the Dawgs picked up a flurry of commitments. He finished his senior season with 47 tackles and 6 pass breakups plus 300 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns playing on offense.
At 6’3” and 160-165 lbs, he’ll obviously have to bulk up at least 20+ lbs, but it’s easy to see his potential should he be able to fill out that frame: The first thing that stands out is how long-limbed he is and how coordinated he is in coverage when applying that length. Related, he impressively uses his long legs to stick with receivers in-stride on go routes, and then has the intuition to strike with his hands at just the right moment when the ball arrives — what stands out here is that with his long arms and coordination, he can create PBUs this way at extremely awkward angles where, for shorter-limbed or less coordinated corners, it would almost certainly result in a pass interference.
Otherwise he doesn’t have the crazy standout level of quick feet that you see on the most elite corners, but they’re still pretty good, especially because he’s so decisive so really digs off that back foot when breaking one way or another and then can be deceptively fast with his strides.
Similarly, he’s pretty smart with his angles — between that and his long arms and strides, he can close on lost space from mesh routes and pick plays impressively.
Overall, there’s shades of Kevin King to Johnson’s game. It’ll presumably take him a while to get strong enough for the college level, but it’s easy to see why a coaching staff would like that potential.
Check him out for yourself:
Do good things, don’t do bad things, and bow down to Washington.