If Georgia discovered anything this year, it’s this: you can never have enough healthy bodies at wide receiver.
Malcolm Mitchell suffered a season-ending ACL injury against Clemson, both Justin Scott-Wesley (ACL) and Michael Bennett (MCL surgery) have missed time—with Scott-Wesley also lost for the season; and while Bennett’s injury turned out to be short-term, the Dawgs are still without Chris Conley for at least another week, if not more.
Even more, the guys who were hopeful to be of service for the Dawgs at that position this season—namely Tramel Terry and Jonathon Rumph—haven’t been able to do much at all; Terry is set for a redshirt and Rumph (who finally saw some action against Florida) has been sidelined for most of the season due to a pulled hamstring.
However, with the 2013 season already past the midway point, and an eye always firmly locked towards the future, Georgia has already secured at least a couple of verbals in the form of Shakenneth Williams and Gilbert Johnson; both rated as 3* prospects, but both with a wealth of potential.
Johnson, for his part, has been very impressed with how well the Dawgs have managed the receiving corps—despite the long list of injuries.
As a Sunshine State prospect, Johnson says that he watched the Georgia/Florida game on Saturday closely. In watching that contest, the Homestead standout was as impressed as ever with what Ball has done with Georgia’s current group of wide receivers.
“Man, Georgia has had so many injuries but those guys keep making plays,” Johnson said. “I mean, one of the guys who made some big plays in that game was a former walk on so it just shows you how Coach Ball coaches those guys and gets them ready to play.” (Jake Rowe, Rivals)
Johnson has worked hard to improve himself this season. While he possesses great ability in the red zone, and plays physical at the line of scrimmage, he isn’t the most polished route-runner, nor could he be mistaken for a home run threat—although he does have good size and above average speed. That said, he’s got great hands, and a solid work ethic—both of which will come in handy next season.
Below is a quick look at Johnson (No.4) in action; you can definitely tell he’s a physically imposing receiver, at 6-4/190, who isn’t shy about going up for the ball.