Coming this month: Sterling Johnson

Coming this month: Sterling Johnson


Coming this month: Sterling Johnson


By Hale McGranahan.

A majority of Clemson’s 2015 signing class will report for duty on Sunday. On Wednesday, the first day of class for the spring semester, their enrollment at Clemson will become official.




Sterling Johnson (6-5, 288)

Clayton-Cleveland (N.C.)

3-Star DT (Scout, Rivals) 3-Star DE (247)

His Background. Johnson was going to commit to Tennessee until Butch Jones turned him down. Johnson opted to go with Clemson and he never looked back. The Under Armour All-American picked the Tigers over a number of other offers, including UNC, N.C. State and West Virginia.

Quick Analysis. The lowest-ranked player in Friday’s Under Armour All-American game, Johnson certainly looks the part of a big-time prospect. Adding weight to his sturdy-looking frame shouldn’t be an issue, so he’s likely to play on the interior when he gets to Clemson. With time, Johnson could be a candidate to make a move to the offensive side of the ball.

This Spring. Departures to three defensive tackles will allow for plenty of opportunity. D.J. Reader and Carlos Watkins are projected to be the starters with Scott Pagano likely to be the first guy off the bench. Jabril Robinson, who’s coming off a redshirt year, will also figure into the mix. Assuming Albert Huggins’ first work comes at end, Reader, Watkins, Robinson and Johnson will be the only tackles working this spring. Gage Cervenka is scheduled to arrive in the summer. The Clemson coaches are still waiting on Christian Wilkins’ decision, which could come within the next two weeks.



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