National early signing day has been good so far for Michigan football and it got even better with the news that Cornelius Johnson was committing to the Wolverines.
The fight for Johnson has been tough as other schools like Stanford, Notre Dame and Penn State have all been in on him. He’s 6-foot-3 and the No. 39 wide receiver in this class and Wednesday, he announced his decision to commit for the Michigan football program.
And just like with Daxton Hill, because it’s national signing day, Johnson is signed with the Wolverines, giving the program another big receiver to develop for down the road.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) December 19, 2018
It’s pretty clear to see over the past few seasons that Michigan football and head coach Jim Harbaugh like these bigger receivers. Look at the guys that were featured last season for the Wolverines, guys like Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black. All are 6-foot-3 at least.
Johnson will fit nicely into that group and he actually should have a chance to contribute a lot by 2020. After this season, Peoples-Jones, Collins and Black will all be draft eligible, even though Black will only be a redshirt sophomore this season, so there could be a spot or two up for grabs after 2019.
That is why I would expect Johnson to redshirt this season. On top of Peoples-Jones, Collins and Black, Michigan football has Ronnie Bell and Oliver Martin too. Those five guys offer a pretty good group of receivers and unless Johnson really turns heads, it’s hard to see him passing those guys right away.
What Michigan really needs is a couple of guys waiting in the wings once Peoples-Jones, Black and Collins really are gone. Certainly, Giles Jackson is an exciting prospect, but he’s a slot guy. He could play next season. Johnson, however, should be viewed as a guy for the future.
Johnson is a kid that is filled with potential but on a depth chart that is loaded from top to bottom, he is going to have a tough time making the two-deep right away. If that’s the case, he should just redshirt, but either way, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about his future potential.