Rutgers football continues to cultivate the Florida pipeline under head coach Greg Schiano, as the program added its third prospect in the 2021 class in the past two weeks. 3-star cornerback Steffan Johnson announced his commitment to the program on Friday afternoon.
The 6-foot Johnson hails from Venice, Florida brings much needed speed to the Rutgers defense, where he projects as a cornerback, despite playing mostly quarterback in high school. Per his Hudl page, Johnson runs a blazing fast 40 yard dash in just 4.5 seconds. Despite his listed weight of only 175 pounds, Johnson cites impressive strength stats as well, stating a bench press high of 225 pounds, squat high mark of 345 pounds, and deadlift best of 355 pounds while cleaning 210 pounds.
He is rated the 113th best cornerback nationally and the 180th best recruit in Florida in the 2021 class per 247 Sports composite rankings. His offers include Virginia, South Florida and Marshall, but chose Rutgers after Schiano and the staff made him a priority. His primary recruiter was secondary coach Fran Brown and Schiano reportedly visited Johnson at his high school in January.
Rutgers has added six verbal pledges to the 2021 recruiting class over the past week and a half. The class now includes 18 commits, including an even split of in-state and out-of-state prospects. There is one 4-star in Khayri Banton, sixteen 3-star recruits, and one 2-star recruit, Zach Taylor. He is rated the top long snapper in the country and is set to replace his brother Billy, who has had a great career at that position on the banks. With about seven spots remaining, expect Schiano and the staff to prioritize their top targets left on the board.
As of now, 247 composite rankings lists the 2021 recruiting class of Rutgers as 16th best in the nation and 7th best in the Big Ten.
Here are junior season highlights for Johnson.