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Michigan WR signee burns defender for TD

The Michigan Wolverines already have several talented young wide receivers on the roster, and they’re about to add more with this 2019 signing class. One of the newest wideouts for the Wolverines is Cornelius Johnson, who was participating at drills in the Army All-American Bowl.

Johnson is a four-star recruit and the No. 39 wide receiver in the 2019 signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Johnson, who weighs in a 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, showed why he is so highly ranked when participating in 1-on-1 drills in San Antonio. Johnson got off the ball quickly and he was by the opposing defensive back before he even knew what had happened. Johnson finished the play by reeling in a deep pass for a touchdown. Seeing that type of speed has to get fans fired up about Johnson coming to Ann Arbor.

Johnson isn’t even the only four-star receiver that Michigan has already signed in this class. Giles Jackson joins Johnson in becoming a Wolverine, and he is ranked by the 247Sports Composite rankings as the No. 43 receiver in the entire class. Those two could help elevate Michigan’s passing game over the next several seasons.

Brian Dohn, 247Sports’ lead expert on Johnson, has drawn a comparison between Johnson and Chris Conley of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Big-framed receiver with large catch radius,” Dohn writes in his evaluation. “Has frame to carry 210 pounds and be physical off line of scrimmage. Gets off line quickly, and is good against jams. Tough to re-route. Accelerates well and has good top-end speed. Tracks ball well. Knows how to use length and size to shield defender. Big, strong hands. Willing blocker who sinks hips and drives legs. Needs to fine-tune route running and not round off cuts. Upper-body strength improvement is needed. Sometimes fights ball on intermediate and short throws. Adding flexibility will help with elusiveness and athleticism. Three-year starter at high-level Power 5 program and projects as a third-round NFL draft pick.”

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