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Johnson signs with Minnesota

Posted: April 26, 2012 3:22 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Camden native and former Camden High football player Roland Johnson signed a national football letter-of-intent with the University of Minnesota.
Johnson was a two-year starter at defensive end for the Bulldogs as a sophomore and a junior before leaving the program --- after making 150 tackles as a junior --- and transferring to Byrnes High School for his senior season in 2009. He signed with Western Carolina University in 2010, playing in 10 games for the Catamounts and recording 45 tackles.
Last fall, the 6-foot-1, 295-pounder transferred to Butler Community College in Kansas and was a first team All-Jayhawk Conference choice after a 27-tackle season which included three sacks. He was a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and a two-star prospect by Scout.com.
After graduating from Butler, Johnson will enroll at Minnesota this fall after being recruited to the Big 10 program by Golden Gophers’ defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys.
“He has a very high motor,” Claeys said of Johnson, who will be a junior at UM this fall. “I had the opportunity to fly out there (to Kansas) during the season and watch him play in a game. He’s the type of high-motor guy you’ve you got to have in order to apply pressure on the quarterback.
“He loves playing the game. I really think that with the losses we had on the defensive line that he’ll really help us, right away, in the middle and have that opportunity to play. People will enjoy watching him play because of how hard he plays.”

 

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