Name: Octavis Johnson
Height/Weight: 6'1 181 pounds
Hometown: Homerville, GA
Rating: 247Sports: Three Star Rivals: Four Star ESPN: Three Star
Johnson has been a fairly quiet recruit this season since committing, but he is one that the coaches are reportedly excited about. He chose the Gamecocks over offers from the Miami Hurricanes, FSU, Clemson Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs among others. He is currently recruited as a safety and could be a guy that sees the field early. His primary recruiter is listed as Kirk Botkin with Grady Brown serving as a secondary recruiter.
This is one of the harder prospects that I have evaluated, since most of his film is based on him playing quarterback. Considering that he will be playing safety at USC, I will be evaluating his physical skills. While he is only listed as having a 4.58 40 yard dash, he appears to be quicker, and can hit gaps quickly and has a hidden burst that lets him speed through. He also has the proper height for a defensive back, and a decent weight for a corner, but will need to gain weight before becoming a safety. He also displays vision and is a great east-west runner. His experience as a quarterback will be helpful, since he should be able to dissect a defense better than other defensive back prospects.
There wasn't too much for me to evaluate as a weakness for Johnson as a defensive back other than his weight, so his biggest weakness will be adjusting to being a full-time defender. He will need time to adjust to the defensive play calling and his position's responsibilities.
Johnson reminds a lot of Chris Lammons, since both were quarterbacks in high school and Johnson will transition to defense like Lammons did, but Johnson won't be expected to see the field as early as Lammons. A red shirt is likely for Johnson, unless one of the current safeties gets injured.