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Top 60 Countdown: No. 54, OL Jermaine Johnson

Time to move on in the countdown of the Top 60 players at The U with a look at No. 54: Offensive lineman Jermaine Johnson, who will be competing for playing time at tackle this coming season.

Jermaine Johnson > What we heard about him on Signing Day '09: Johnson developed into one of the top-rated prep school offensive linemen in the country at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Not bad for a kid who played football just one season at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale after three in basketball. Johnson originally signed with Auburn before heading to prep school.

> What he's done as a Cane: Started the spring at right tackle behind Matt Pipho before moving to the left side behind Jason Fox. He worked with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and strength coach Andreu Swasey and made some improvements. He's already improved his strength numbers in the weight room. His squat went up from 375 to 425 (updated, misprint), his bench from 315 to 355 and his power clean from 315 to 365. 

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Stoutland has high expectations for Johnson and expects him to be in his rotation at tackle behind Fox and Pipho. Miami certainly needs a big year from Johnson, who at 6-6, 302 pounds has to at the very least be a contributor. Last year, UM had a solid rotation going with Fox, Chris Rutledge and Reggie Youngblood. Only Fox is back. More importantly, though, Johnson has to grow up quickly. UM is counting on him to be their left tackle of the future. If it isn't him, the Canes could be forced to scramble through the JUCO ranks or continue to play patchwork with overachieving veterans. My guess is Johnson is raw and talented enough to develop into that nasty guy -- along with Brandon Washington -- once Fox leaves.


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This guy squats less than he benches? That spells trouble.

The squat numbers caught my eye too

there is something seriously wrong with a "big time" o-lineman who is squatting as much as he weighs.

Numbers are not correct - expect article to be fixed. He squats 425

What year is he?


He's got 4 years of eligibility left

The past 4 years have made me put less stock in weightroom numbers. Show me some pancake stats and then I'll be impressed.

something we need. a good stable of o-line hopefully the one of many to come at the U for the fututre

It's all about the U!!!!!!!!!

We need more guys like Shane McDermott:

Palm Beach Central offensive lineman Shane McDermott knows he's a Hurricane and has zero interest in any other program.

"Every single coach that I talked to, I told them that I’m a Miami Hurricane and that I don’t want their business and I’m not going to play the recruiting process," McDermott said. "I’m done. I’m a Hurricane. I don’t need to take any other visits. The only visit I am taking is to Miami."

He's so sure that the University of Miami is the place for him that his high school coach didn't even let other coaches talk to him.

"All of the schools that came in during the spring my coach told them that I was 100 percent committed to Miami so they couldn’t meet with me," said McDermott, who had 10 scholarship offers.

McDermott is a 6-foot-3, 270-pound center, who committed to Miami in March. He has been talking to Miami offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland once a week and will be working out down at UM beginning in July.

"It will be good," McDermott said. "I'll be working on drills that Stoutland gave to the guys for the summer. That’s important because that gives the step ahead, prepares me for my high school season, and gives me a step up to allow me to compete for a starting job at Miami.”

McDermott has been reaching out to Miami offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, who will still be at UM when McDermott arrives in January as he expects to graduate early.

“I’m starting to develop relationships down there with Orlando Franklin,” McDermott said. “We just started talking on Facebook. I introduced myself and he said he can’t wait for me to be a part of the ‘U’ and cant wait for me to get down there. I looked up to him during spring practices. I like the way he plays.”

The University of Miami program has a strong family bond, which is something that attracted McDermott when he got to see the Hurricanes practicing this spring.

“I loved it,” McDermott said. “They have the strongest family that I saw out of all my visits. When I went to Florida, they weren’t even close to what Miami was. When I get down there to Miami, it is open arms. Coach Hurtt is the one that is recruiting me. He’s a really great guy. During my spring practices, he came in one time and just gave me a big hug and I’ll see you around the family. It’s great. It’s all family down there. It’s awesome. I love the way they work their tales off and I believe that we will win a couple of championships in the future.”

Another player Miami is recruiting in Palm Beach County is Pahokee wide receiver Chris Dunkley, who McDermott has talked with about coming to UM.

“I’ve talked to Chris Dunkley a lot about coming down to Miami,” McDermott said. “I’m hoping that he’ll make the right decision because from what I have heard, Miami was his favorite team growing up, but when offers came in, he wasn’t too sure about stuff. Whatever he does, I’m happy for him. It would just be great if he came to the ‘U’ too.”

This summer McDermott works out every day during the week with his team and twice a week with a personal trainer. He currently can bench 370 pounds, squat 450, and power clean 275.

He is excited about his senior season at Palm Beach Central, the same school that produced 2009 standout Jon Bostic, who signed with Florida.

“We are looking good,” McDermott said. “We have a lot of young kids and with only nine seniors it is going to be my job to be a leader and make sure these younger kids mature a lot quicker. Hopefully we’ll have a really good season.”

Johnson should RS, this will only be his 3rd year of organized football. If Shannon is expecting him to contribute this year he is nuts



FIU dropped their Cheerleaders! That new $50,000,000 on-campus stadium does not look like a smart purchase right now!

Go 'canes!

Weight room #s are not that impressive, but I think that is made up for by his other athletic abilities. Footwork is key in OL. Most of the best OL have had success in other sports -- including basketball, discus, shotput, baseball etc.

#1. This guy will never do anything here.

#2. FIRE SWASEY, he sucks worse than Shanzook. All our OL are so weak.

Hey SUCKS... If all you got is complaints and nothing to contribute... tell your momma.

For 300 lbs... I don't see allot of fat but I do see allot of potential... and there's no need to talk about it till you do something... so bring it on, baby and show us!

Hey Sucks... how can you blame Swasey?

The kid just came in from JUCO??????

The fact that we have some younger guys already stronger than Johnson is a testament to Swasey's training program; that the younger guys that are already in the midst of...


Read and comprehend piehole!!

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