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Meet the 2020 Class: TE Theo Johnson

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BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2020 class. Coming in at No. 2 was four-star TE Theo Johnson.


What makes you excited about Theo Johnson?

“What doesn’t make me excited about Theo Johnson? He’s maybe a taaaaad doughy, but he’s got a college-ready body, he’s a plus athlete, and he’s got fantastic hands. When Iowa wants you at tight end, you’re normally pretty damn good, and the Hawkeyes pushed hard for Johnson. He may not play immediately due to the depth Penn State has at tight end, but he’s a big-time prospect.” --Clay

What worries you about Theo Johnson?

“It’s difficult to find anything to worry about with Johnson. He has the size, athleticism, hands, and skill set needed to be one of the best tight ends in the country. He is a top 100 prospect for a reason.” --Marty

Do you think Theo Johnson will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?

“With Pat Freiermuth, Zack Kuntz, and Brenton Strange on the depth chart, Penn State certainly doesn’t need another tight end to push for snaps — but brother, Theo Johnson is probably too talented to keep off the field. I think given the talent at the position, Penn State will utilize two tight end sets much more than they did last season, and Johnson is a big reason for that. He’s raw and it will be a big jump from Canadian high school football to the Big Ten (outside of Rutgers), but with him enrolling early, I think he’ll be able to acclimate himself quickly enough.” --Patrick

What is your projection for Theo Johnson: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, or all-american?

Clay: All-American
Marty: All-American
Patrick: All-American

Lastly, where do you have Theo Johnson ranked in Penn State’s class?

Clay: 3rd
Marty: 4th
Patrick: 1st