December 27, 2007

Johnson, Baker could help area of need

Even though he played quarterback for four years at Largo High School, Leonard Johnson has no qualms about moving to defensive back at the college level. And if his performance last week in Lakeland is any indication, it'll be a smooth transition.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder took his only significant defensive snaps of Largo's 2007 season during the Packers' playoff run to the Class 5A state semi-finals, but he showed enough in practice for last Friday's FACA North-South all-star game to earn a starting nod at cornerback.

"That was a good experience because it gave me a chance to see how I stacked up. With athletes just as good as me, I could see where I needed to get better," Johnson said. "I didn't play much defense until the playoffs, but I played good enough during the week to get the start. I beat out guys from Miami Norland (Emmanuel Souarin), Miami Krop (Travis Howard) and Tampa Tech (Jermaine Williams)."

Johnson finished with six tackles and some added confidence.

"I showed what I could do. I was bringing it every play and I played with my swagger," he said.

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