Welcome to the early signing period for the 2022 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
Virginia has been kind to Penn State on the recruiting trail in recent years, and that continued with wideout Tyler Johnson.
|Position: Wide receiver|
|Height/Weight: 6'0/175 lbs.|
|High School: Magna Vista (Ridgeway, VA)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8710)|
|Positional Rank: No. 635 Overall, No. 87 Wide receiver, No. 16 in Virginia|
|Commitment Date: June 21, 2021|
Johnson, also a talented basketball player, brings big-time playmaking ability with him to Happy Valley. His highlight tape shows a player who can high-point the football with the best of them while also being near-impossible to bring down in the open field.
Simply put, the Magna Vista star was able to toy with high school defenders in the way that elite receivers often do. Due to that, Johnson's route-running will need a bit of refinement since he simply didn't need to be terribly refined to dominate in high school. Once he's ready to hit the field for the Nittany Lions, though, watch out.
Not only is Johnson joined in the class by three other receivers (Kaden Saunders, Anthony Ivey, and Omari Evans), but he enters a receiver room that isn't exactly lacking talent. Jahan Dotson will be off to the NFL, but starter Parker Washington and KeAndre Lambert-Smith both return. Additionally, there was a very clear effort made by the staff to get redshirt freshman Malick Meiga involved towards the end of the season, and he has the inside track on the vacated starting spot in 2022. In other words, playing time at receiver is going to be hard to come by in 2022 for the freshmen.
One place where Johnson could find work right away, though, is as a return man. James Franklin doesn't shy away from using his stars on special teams, so those spots will be just as hotly-contested as any, but Johnson's vision in the open-field gives him a great chance at getting into that mix right away.