Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Detroit King 2016 DB Jesse Johnson Picks Up First Offer From Toledo

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Detroit King 2016 DB Jesse Johnson Picks Up First Offer From Toledo

Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King's secondary is arguably the best in the state with two Division 1 commits in Jalen Embry (Iowa) and Avonte Maddox (Pittsburgh). Embry and Maddox are seniors, but the talent in the Crusaders defensive secondary will not decline with sophomores Dontre Boyd and Jesse Johnson in it.

Johnson visited Toledo Saturday afternoon for their game against Navy, and walked away with his offer from the Rockets.

"I'm very excited about the offer," Johnson said. "And the fact that they're interested in me this early of in my high school career."

Johnson said he was able to speak to Toledo coaches, including cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald, who was very impressed by Johnson's abilities.

"I spoke with the coaches today and they told me about it," Johnson said about receiving his offer. "Coach McDonald told me that I was a great ball player and I would make a huge impact on the team."

The 5-11, 180-pound Johnson says he hadn't been in contact with Toledo personally until his visit, and said he enjoyed his first visit to the Toledo campus. The Rockets defeated Navy 45-44 in double overtime on Saturday.

"The visit was great," he said. "I got to meet the coaching staff, and had a conversation with the head coach. I had perfect seating, and everything just went well."

"It was a great game," Johnson said. "It was very intense but they pulled through like always."

This season is Johnson's first on varsity with King, and he and his teammates are having a great season so far at 7-0. The defending Detroit PSL champs will defend their title against rival Cass Tech Friday at Ford Field at 7 pm.

"The season has been going good for me," Johnson said. "But I couldn't do it without my coaches there training me to be the best I can possibly be."

King has had a long history of sending defensive backs on to the next level with the likes of Deon Johnson, Clarence Thompson, Ernest Shazor (Michigan), and many more. Jesse Johnson and Deon Johnson just so happen to be cousins, and Jesse's brother also played at King in the early 2000s, so it would probably be an understatement to say that he was destined to play football at King.

"The thing that made me go to King was that those coaches actually try to get you to succeed and perform to your best ability," Johnson said. "Also I have a whole line of family members who attended King from my cousins in the early 90s and my brother from class of 2004."

Johnson along with Boyd, 2015 linebacker, 2017 athlete Martinez Calloway and some other prospects are the future of Detroit King, and expect more offers to roll in for the hard hitting safety.