Miami linebacker commit Tyler Johnson was named to Dick Butkus High School Award watch list on Monday.
The Butkus High School Award has been given out annually since 2008. The Butkus Award was originally created in 1985. It was expanded to honor linebackers at all three levels – high school, collegiate and professionally – a few years ago.
Johnson, who 247Sports ranks as the nation’s No. 22 outside linebacker this cycle, is coming off a junior season in which he totaled 36 tackles, four sacks and an interception despite missing a few games at South Dade. The younger brother of former UM star and current Buffalo Bill safety Jaquan Johnson is expected to play his senior season at Miami Killian and was named to the MaxPreps Preseason All-Florida second-team defense last week.
“He’s a dominant force, there aint no question about it,” South Dade head coach Nate Hudson told InsideTheU’s Chris Stock back in January while sharing his thoughts on the younger Johnson. “There’s a lot of combinations that we can do with him. Obviously the sky’s the limit for him and we’re going to continue to find ways to keep him motivated at each position that he play – not saying that he gets bored, but you’ve got to figure it out and you’ve got to think a lot. We’re extremely proud and looking forward to it.”
Johnson is believed to be solid on his commitment to the Hurricanes, but has said in the past that schools like Clemson and Georgia have expressed interest at different points during the recruiting process.
Other Sunshine State natives to make the Dick Butkus High School Award watch list include: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Jaydon Hood, Jacksonville Sandalwood linebacker Branden Jennings, Miami Northwestern linebacker Terrence Lewis and North Miami three-star athlete Chamon Metayer. Hood is committed to Michigan, Jennings is a longtime FSU commit, Lewis is gave a verbal pledge to Tennessee months ago while Metayer was at one time committed to the Hurricanes.
Miami currently holds the nation’s No. 12 ranked recruiting class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. The group of 18 commits includes 15 prospects that attend school in Miami-Dade or Broward counties.
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