Kevin Snyder may be leaving, but Rutgers linebacking corps picked up a thumper in California JUCO MLB Isaiah Johnson. Johnson pledged to the Scarlet Knights last night. He is listed at 6'2" and 225 lbs.
Johnson qualified out of high school, but the Oakland native went the JUCO route because he didn't have the offers he thought he deserved coming out of high school in 2013. He played ball at San Francisco City College, and will have three years to play two at Rutgers. He should be an immediate contender during spring practices in the battle to replace Kevin Snyder at middle linebacker.
Johnson will be on campus the weekend of January 16 for an official visit, and is expected to enroll for the Spring semester shortly thereafter.
This is his 2014 film from SFCC:
Johnson is a big hitter, who wraps up on open field tackles and really lays the wood in space. He is explosive when blitzing off the edge, and strong in run support through the middle. He shows good speed in pursuit, and he also did a nice job on special teams, a virtual requirement at Rutgers.
This is an exciting pickup for Rutgers, because not only is Johnson a prospective immediate contributor, but it shows Rutgers is building some cachet in California.
Welcome to the Banks Isaiah!