It looks to be a pretty eventful spring for Bowie, Maryland’s Sean Johnson, This May, not only was he selected by USA Football to participate in the Ohio U.S. National Team Middle School Bowl Game, he’s also been picked to play in NextGen’s The Show, the largest youth football showcase in the country, coming this June.
“If felt great to get the invite,” he said. “There were a lot of good players [at the NextGen Baltimore Elite Showcase in April]. I’m looking forward to it. I hope to meet a lot of new friends, too. I will play my heart out. Ray Lewis [at his invitation-only camp, in 2017] told me you cannot control a lot of things, but you can control how hard you work.”
Johnson loves playing defensive back and helping his team win. “My favorite parts are the interceptions and jamming the receivers,” he said. “It’s the position I enjoy the most.”
Check out his most recent highlight on Twitter, where he nabs an interception at the USA Football Camp, when the seventh-grade defensive backs went up against a ninth-grade offense. Johnson displays his quickness, footwork and interception skills, drawing a yell of appreciation from camp attendees. Competing against older players isn’t new for Johnson: At age 12, he played for the 14-U USA Football Ohio National Team.
His highlights provide an excellent preview of what’s to come—ball-hawking, playmaking and being a difference-maker on defense. On offense, Johnson is not only a grinding running back with burst of speed, but he’s also willing to be a blocker and mix it up with players much bigger than him.
In the classroom, the 2024 student-athlete has been a perennial Honor Roll student at the School of the Incarnation in Gambrills, Md. “That’s hard work,” he noted.
Johnson also works hard to be a success on the field. This year will mark the second time he’ll be playing for the USA Football National Team, this time for Texas. This summer, he’ll be preparing for the upcoming football season, working with his DB coach and focusing on improving his strive and footwork. He also looks to improve his speed and quickness, which have already led him to participate on the USA Track & Field team as a sprinter and long jumper.
When asked which NFL star he models himself after, he replied, “There isn’t one player. I watch football all the time on my phone, even [old-school] players. I just love football!”
He loves football so much that it's part of his dream goal: being a starting DB on a high school team and “getting a scholarship to Alabama or any college that has a need for a DB,” which he stated on his Youth1 player profile. When he gets to high school, he will be used to playing at a level higher than his age, in addition to improving himself, so he’ll be ready to make the first part of his dream a reality.
But for now, keep an eye out for this hard-working playmaker at The Show.
Check out his Youth1 Player Profile -> here.
View his highlights below.
Article written by Tom Warnick.
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