Annapolis Area Christian’s Demetrius Johnson, a junior wide receiver-defensive back has shown up on national recruiting lists such as the rivals250, which might elicit a chorus of “Who?” among high school followers in the Washington area.
The AACS team, which finished 0-10 last season, has been around for only six years and plays in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, so Johnson, who attended North County as a freshman, does not have a particularly high local profile west of Annapolis.
That could change in the coming months. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Johnson already has been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next season, Annapolis Area Christian Coach Kenny Lucas said, and he has offers from Maryland, N.C. State and Hawaii.
“He’s most definitely a guy that’s going to be at the top or near the top of everybody’s list,” said Lucas, adding that most recruiters consider the physical Johnson to be a greater prospect on defense.
Johnson missed some time last season with an ankle injury. He picked up all three of his offers during his sophomore season.
Lucas is a former Gonzaga coach who started the AACS program in 2007. The Eagles went 28-4 from 2009 through 2011 and this season produced their first big-time recruit when safety Elvis Dennah signed with Maryland on Wednesday.