Friday, January 13, 2017

Meet the Wildcats: UK Football Player DB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

Lonnie Johnson Jr., Defensive Back, 6-3, 215, Jr.-JC, Gary, Ind. (Garden City CC/Gary West Side) – Rated by 247sports as a four-star prospect, the No. 2 safety and No. 43 overall player in the junior college ranks … Sat out the 2016 season to concentrate on academics … In 2015, selected second-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference after totaling 35 tackles, including 28 solo at Garden City Community College (Kan.) … Also recorded five interceptions and had one fumble recovery … Coached by Jeff Sims ... Totaled 66 tackles, two interceptions, two blocked field goals and a blocked punt, while catching 40 passes for 772 yards and 14 touchdowns at West Side High School … Also charted 253 rushing yards on 22 carries with five TDs … An extremely talented athlete who also excelled at track and field, helping Gary West Side win the 2014 state championship with individual titles in the long jump and 4x100 relay … Chose UK over Georgia and West Virginia … Will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Personal: Born in Gary, Ind. ... Son of Nora and Lonnie Johnson … Major is pre-journalism.

Coach Stoops on Johnson: “We’re very excited to add Lonnie. He has great size and athleticism, with the versatility to play multiple positions.”

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