In Deondre Johnson, Rutgers football just landed the rim protector that Steve Pikiell needs (kidding, but he’s a great athlete)

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On Saturday afternoon, Rutgers football got a commitment from Deondre Johnson, a New York athlete who is the definition of being under-the-radar. But Johnson is also the very definition of being an athlete, bringing to Rutgers football the ability to play multiple positions.

As is evidenced by Johnson’s ability to play multiple sports.

And while Johnson’s future is likely at either tight end or defensive end for Rutgers, the Newburgh Free Academy (Newburgh, N.Y.) recruit is also a standout on the basketball court.

Last season as a junior, Johnson averaged 15.8 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game.


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And while it is some fun about Johnson being able to play basketball for Rutgers and head coach Steve Pikiell, his ability to dominate on the court only underscores the fact that he has intriguing athleticism.

On the football field, Johnson moves fluidly. He is a decent route runner but really flashes on the offensive side of the ball with his ability to make defenders miss and reach the second level. He has good hips and very good speed, making him difficult to take down once he gets the ball in his hands.

When there is a contested ball, he rises well, catching the ball at its high point. He makes good use of his size in the red zone.


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On the basketball court, Johnson plays either forward position or as a center. He also has the ability to step-back and shoot effectively from 3-point range.