June 20, 2006

Woodland Hills Johnson camps at Pitt

Over the weekend a number of Woodland Hills players worked out under the watchful eye of the Pitt coaching staff at the UPMC complex on the Southside. One of those in attendance was Devan Johnson (6' 1" 232).

Last fall Devan Johnson started at tight end for George Novak's team, as he will this fall. The current plans is for Johnson to go both ways this fall and to also play middle linebacker. He will be taking over for linebacker Greg Webster who will be a freshman at Pitt this fall.

While most of Pitt's interest in Johnson seems at linebacker many other schools now look and him transferring his blocking skills to fullback.

Last year Devan Johnson returned punts and kicks for Woodland Hills. Johnson said, "How many tight end do you know that have returned a punt for a touchdown? That might be a world's record." At first we though the big guy might have a point but we seem to recall the incoming Pitt freshman tight end Nate Byham bringing one back last fall.

Johnson told the Pantherlair that he hopes to make unofficial visits to Temple, West Virginia and Akron this summer.

Pitt assistant coach Bob Junko is recruiting Devan Johnson to Pitt. Johnson currently has scholarship offers from Colorado, Akron Temple and Kent State.

Devan Johnson is the half-bother of former Panther running back Kevin Barlow. Barlow now plays for the San Francisco 49'ers in the NFL.

Jim Snyder can be contacted at jrsnyder04@comcast.net

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