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Evaluating the 2020 Mississippi State Recruiting Class Dillon Johnson Running Back

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Dillon Johnson is a Mike Leach type of player. Johnson played all over the field in high school and helped lead Saint Joseph High School to three consecutive state championships. Johnson aided in Saint Joseph going on a 24-game winning streak all the while displaying excellent productivity on the field.

Johnson excelled at the running back position the past few seasons and that is what the Bulldogs’ staff recruited him as. Johnson rushed for 1,668 yards and 24 touchdowns last season for Saint Joseph and he will join a talented position for the Bulldogs. Johnson passed for three touchdowns last season, proving that he is a dangerous player no matter where he lines up on the offensive side of the ball.

Johnson’s receiving skills are impressive. Johnson has no problem in fending off opposing cornerbacks or safeties for the football. Dillon is fast enough to cause problems for linebackers that are attempting to cover him. Johnson will have time to develop as a running back for the Bulldogs, but I would not be surprised to see him implemented in the passing game as he gets more comfortable with the offense. With Kylin Hill returning for the Bulldogs and plenty of depth the running back position is a position of strength for the Bulldogs.

Johnson has a possibility of red shirting this upcoming season, but I would not be surprised to see him on the field for the Bulldogs. Leach likes running backs that can catch the ball out of the backfield and Johnson is excellent at hauling in receptions out of the backfield. Dillon is a player that I am eager to watch the closer we get to fall practices and is someone that I expect to have a solid Mississippi State career.