If you’re looking for a quarterback that likes talking about how good he is, Jaylon Johnson is not your guy.
“Yes sir,” is a standard reply from the Victoria, Texas, product.
Johnson prefers making noise on the football field, and you are going to be hearing all about the quarterback as his career progresses at Goliad High School.
Johnson is already off to a promising start.
Quarterbacking Goliad’s Junior Varsity team, Johnson has led the Tigers to a 7-0 record. He has completed 36-of-49 passes for 560 yards and 6 touchdowns rushed for 100 more yards.
Already showing pinpoint accuracy, Johnson has yet to throw an interception.
While he is currently 5-foot-10 and weighs 140 pounds, Johnson is projected to reach 6-foot-5.
He literally has big things in store for the future.
“If I work hard at my craft, I believe I can do pretty good,” Johnson said. “I think I am going to do pretty good. You have to have confidence. Right now, I am trying to be better than I was last season.”
He has a quiet confidence now, but not all leaders on the football field are vocal.
Johnson actually started his football career as a running back. When he was playing at the Pop Warner level in fifth grade, his coach asked him to switch positions.
Ironically, his coach was also his father – James Johnson.
“We needed a quarterback and Jaylon had a good throwing arm and he was already able to run,” James Johnson recalled. “I told him I needed him to play quarterback and he’s never turned back.”
Johnson is still learning the finer points of the demanding position, and he has spent the past three years training with NFA/QBA.
“They’ve been a great help and I’ve learned a lot,” Jaylon Johnson said. “The biggest thing they’ve helped with is my throwing.”
A natural runner, Johnson knows he has plenty left to learn.
“I need to work on my footwork, which is something I’ve been working on with (NFA),” Johnson said. “I also need to work on my strength.”
As for playing quarterback, the honor roll student wouldn’t want to play any other position.
“I like the leadership part of it,” Johnson said. “And I like how the quarterback has a passion for the game. I like being out there leading my team.”
As he develops into a big, mobile quarterback, Johnson will keep watching his role model, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton.
“He’s my favorite quarterback in the NFL,” Johnson said. “I like how he’s big for a quarterback and I like how he runs. He has a great passion for the game.”