JD Johnson moves up to 4*

Submitted by JonnyHintz on February 20th, 2019 at 8:05 PM

Title says it all. JD Johnson now a 4* QB. Just outside the top 300 on the composite, now the #12 pro style QB. The big jump is due to the fact that Rivals now has him #138 in the country, 247 has him #702 still.


Looks like another “under the radar” recruit that Michigan pounces on early, only to see him skyrocket up the rankings. 


Bo Nederlander

February 20th, 2019 at 8:16 PM ^

I was confused as to why he was offered until I realized who he had been sitting behind and ultimately replaced. Without even a full season, he threw for 2k with 17 TD to 7 INTs. 


February 20th, 2019 at 8:47 PM ^

Glad he got a bump and love that scouts are improving on him but, 17/7 TD/INT ratio isn’t the best for a high school prospect and if he was the backup he might have been going up against 2nd  string or lesser opponents that were being blown out. Did Rattler get injured during the season? That’s a lot of playing time for a backup.

Edit: Take back my statements, getting thrust into the starting role unexpectedly while getting backup reps to a 5 Star. Those numbers aren’t too shabby!


February 20th, 2019 at 8:51 PM ^

Don’t base your confusion on ranking. The staff evaluates players on their own, independent of what the rankings say. The staff evaluates a player, and if they like what they see, they offer. Which (much like this past class) you saw a bunch of the guys make big leaps up the rankings as the process went on, well after Michigan evuated, offered, and received a commitment from the player. 

Naturally, many on the board threw a temper tantrum at certain lower ranked players being offered and accepted. Only to find out the staff knows what they are doing and were well ahead of the recruiting sites. 

SMart WolveFan

February 20th, 2019 at 11:27 PM ^

Nyet Tovarich o maroon not red, they KNOW what they are doing is losing but they cannot AFFORD to compete.

So they hope the spark of enlightenment from "undeserved" rewards to places that expand perspective rather than anabolic count might show young men a less CTE way of life .......

Plus Hagerman* was right tohu wa bohu in @25

*(I mean Fr Follen was right!, Hagerman was just a physics teacher, my bad, vectors man)


February 20th, 2019 at 9:03 PM ^

The make believe recruit that got rated s 3* should tell you all you need to know about the rankings. The top 100 get personally scouted by the services but the rest is based quite heavily on what offers they get.

Blue in Paradise

February 20th, 2019 at 9:07 PM ^

No way he stays at 700 on 247, he will pop this summer at the Opening- end up as a top 150 overall and top 10 QB.

I literally had a screaming match with Maizen or one of his star-gazing minions when JD committed - the idiot poster couldn’t comprehend that this kid’s rating was being held back by being Rattler’s backup and that he would pop once he starting getting exposure.

Blue in Paradise

February 21st, 2019 at 2:33 AM ^

Gotta love folks who can point one example and make it a rule across thousands of other people.

yeah, DTR is a great athlete who could have probably been a 4 star at multiple positions at a highly visible “national HS football program”.  Does that mean every QB that happens to backup a 5 star needs to be DTR in order to excel?

Of course, we have yet to see DTR actually excel at QB in college- so that is still up in the air.


February 20th, 2019 at 9:28 PM ^

I don't care what he's rated, this kid looks like a natural (I get it, it's a highlight video).  Fluid, smooth, quick release.   Didn't really see a weakness in his Hudl.


February 20th, 2019 at 11:51 PM ^

Harbaugh seems to be really good at two things in particular. Identifying talented coaches, and evaluating players. He just hits and hits and hits on both. 


February 21st, 2019 at 12:14 PM ^

This particular guy is definitely not proof. However, Harbaugh is the best coach I've ever seen at plucking "who dat" guys out of nowhere. Of course, RCMB claims that Michigan recruits get overrated and theirs underrated, but Harbaugh has a long track record (going to Stanford's 2 star mafia) of finding off the radar guys who prove out.