We have just 23 days until kickoff, but the player now inhabiting the #23 jersey, Damion Wright, was highlighted on day 41...so as is our custom, we've done a bit of swapping. Today's highlightee actually wears #30 on the Bronco roster, but since he's double booked with RB Ryan Wolpin at that spot, you'll be seeing him today—Isaiah Johnson.
#23 (30), Isaiah Johnson, RS Freshman, CB
Weight: 168 lbs.
High School/College: Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian, ID/Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Johnson was a standout defensive back at Rocky Mountain High School—alma mater of former Bronco wideout Dallas Burroughs and current walk-on Jake Knight and soon-to-be return missionary recruit Kekoa Nawahine. Johnson was a three-year letter winner at RMHS and a two-time all-conference performer for the Grizzlies. As a senior, Johnson was named first-team all-state and parlayed his success into a brief stint at Scottsdale Community College. After a redshirt year, Johnson decided to walk-on with the more locally advantageous Broncos.
Hey, it worked for Ian Johnson.
A shorn Richard Sherman
Named first team all-state and first-team all-league after senior season at Rocky Mountain. Second team all-state honors as a junior at Rocky Mountain, as well as first-team all-league. National Football Foundation Scholar.
Johnson played quite a bit in the Spring Game and didn't look too shabby, but now that some of the coveted 2015 DB recruits are on campus, I can't help wonder if his reps will start to dwindle. The Broncos have one All-MWC corner returning in Donte Deayon, and Jonathan Moxey and Raymond Ford appear to be battling early for the other corner spot. As previously discussed, Moxey had an up and down 2014 campaign, but finished strong and looks like he'll get plenty of playing time regardless of what Ford is able to muster this Fall. Now, incoming recruits like Donzale Roddie, Darreon Jackson, Tyler Horton, and Ladarryl Blair look to make impacts as true frosh and at least one of them is bound to, in my humblest of opinions. So where that leaves the local-product-by-way-of-JuCo Johnson is anyone's guess, but I'd say—at least for 2015—Spring Camp might have been his salad days. I can't really imagine a scenario where Johnson sees meaningful minutes for the Broncos in 2015, but I do think he could make an immediate impact on special teams following the Josh Borgman/Ia Falo local walk-on route. Johnson has some skills, no doubt...and with some cultivation, he could be exactly where he wants to be in the next year or so. Good luck, Isaiah.
Is he on Twitter?
It's possible, but there are a lot of accounts to sift through and time is money.
Completely NOT made up fact
Johnson's former school, Scottsdale Community College, has a most delicious mascot (when mixed with spinach and jalapeño)—the Fighting Artichokes.