It’s probably a safe bet to assume most following the Aggies thought the football signing period was over.
Gary Andersen, in his never-ending quest to find more depth, announced the signing of two more defensive players last week.
One, Devin Johnson, may make an impact pretty quickly. Though he has not played football for a year — he took the year off to finish up an associates degree at Citrus College in California and become eligible — but will arrive in Logan this summer hungry for action.
A Rancho Cucamonga product, Johnson was a Top 100 recruit back in 2006 and was rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com.
His JC coach, Kevin Emerson, had this to say prior to the 2007 season: “He is an outstanding pass-rusher. When it’s him against the offensive tackle it’s a complete mismatch. He can just run right by the blocker or he can also use a move to get by him. He’s a great player. He played hurt during our first four games last year, but he still had a great season and he’ll be pretty heavily recruited I think.”
The 6-foot-3, 240 pounder is listed as having 4.55 speed and as being offered by schools like USC, Ole Miss, Arizona and others but was forced to take the junior college route in order to get his academic situation sorted out.
With his AA taken care of, he’ll step in to help the Aggies and likely play linebacker if Andersen feels USU needs the depth there rather than on the line.
The second recruit, a freshman linebacker out of Ontario, Canada, is Connor Williams and will be counted on in years to come.
He set a Canadian league record for tackles as a junior.