ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
(Source: Andrew Ivins)
Position: Defensive End
School: Atlantic (Class of 2015)
Top Offers: Alabama, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, West Virginia
Note: Can squat 520 lbs.
Where He Excels:
At 6’5", Shelton Johnson has long body and reach. Johnson also has an incredibly fast first step that he uses when he plays stand up defensive end and rushes the passer. He does a great job of getting his hands up and disrupting passing lanes. This fast get-off is also effective when Johnson fires out low and stunts inside. Johnson has the rare ability of being able to “get small” and split a double team despite the fact he's 6'5". He understands the game of football which helps him read plays and not be fooled by counters and screens. Long arms also help him when he tracks down run plays on the opposite side of the play. Gets through his gap, squares and scrapes down line to get running backs. High motor lets him track down plays.
What To Work On:
Johnson needs to get stronger and use this strength to be able to press offensive lineman to keep them off his body. Adding upper body strength should be the primary focus of the offseason. Slacks a little and loses technique on some plays. This is very common with big DL as we saw with Jadeveon Clowney during the NFL Draft.
Kokell's Film Analysis:
Shelton Johnson is hands down the best defensive lineman in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. His first step and big body lets him excel both against the run and the pass. More impressively, he can play the run both at him and going away. Johnson has so much upside with his big frame. An obvious major division one prospect, Johnson will flourish in college after two years of putting weight on and may only spend three years in college total. Very rarely do I say that you will see a kid playing on Sundays, but if Shelton Johnson keeps on this path of progression we will be hearing Roger Goodell call out his name.
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or email@example.com.