West Lafayette, IN– With the loss of B.J. Knauf last season, the Purdue Football team and Head Coach Darrell Hazell are looking for a small fast moving wide receiver to work behind Trae Hart. That addition happened this evening as Nate Johnson committed to the program, according to Jesse Johnson of Vandy247.
Johnson is a 5’11” 174 pound three-star wide receiver out of Thompson’s Stations, Tennessee. Johnson attended Purdue’s satellite camp in Nashville recently. He has an incredible skill set that will be immediately helpful to the Boilermakers. Johnson had 62 catches for 1,290 yards, and 17 touchdowns as junior.
Johnson has some impressive speed as he ran a 4.47 forty yard dash. He also posses a soft set of hands that guides the ball in and holds on to it even if he receives a hard hit. Not only can Johnson make difficult catches, but he also has an impressive yards after the catch average, which is evident by his highlight video.
Also at being 5’11” tall, Johnson is very physical for that size of a player and will not shy away from delivery a big hit, as well as fighting in the ball for the air. He also runs very crisp and precise routes, and can really fool the opposing defensive backs.
Also Johnson is very impressive at catching the ball while running across the field. He has a high level of concentration running across the middle, that could be significantly helpful at the slot receiver position for the Boilermakers.
Johnson had a considerable amount of offers from FCS schools including Chattanooga, Mercer, as well and Tennessee State. Johnson did get some considerable interest but no offers from Alabama, Boise State, and Vanderbilt.
While only winning four games in the last two seasons, as well as only having a dozen spots in the 2016 class Coach Hazell has still been able to get significant and impactful players to the class. However, it is going to be important for Hazell to keep these players, as the tides of recruiting will always make poaching a threat.