The myriad ways UCLA can use new double-threat commit Stephen Johnson III
You can see video of Stephen Johnson committing to UCLA courtesy ESPN.com. Rather watch a mixtape of Johnson's top high school plays, set to some underground UK hip hop? Check out the 2013 Stephen Johnson Football Highlight Video below, but be warned he plays quarterback through most of the video.
When asked by ESPN what position he'd play at UCLA, Johnson teased at a few possibilities. "As a slot receiver-slash-DB," he said. "I plan to play kick returner as well".
Johnson is probably going to play kick returner in 2015. He joins a formidable UCLA roster as a player whose natural position is yet undetermined. Special teams are his best opportunity for making it onfield as a freshman.
It's impossible to project whether Johnson fits better at receiver of defensive back before the UCLA staff has had a chance to coach him up to either position. The young man has only played quarterback at San Leandro, and will do so again this season.
But the UCLA staff might let him try both offensive and defensive positions, giving him a chance to be a chip off the old Miles Jack phenomenon.
"I really like the coaching staff and the academic aspect," Johnson told 247Sports. "All of the coaches, Yarbs (Eric Yarber), Meat (Demetrice Martin) and (Jim) Mora made me a priority."
For an athlete who projects to multiple positions, that coaching may be critical.