As we move down our list of the Top 60 players at UM, we bump into another talented receiver at No. 41: Sophomore Davon Johnson. With so many talented players at receiver, there is a chance DJ could get lost in the shuffle. But there is no questioning his talent or ability.
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '08: DJ was a PrepStar All-American at Booker T. Washington in Miami where he helped the Tornadoes win the Class 4A state championship with UM teammates Thearon Collier and Brandon Harris. As a senior, he caught 27 passes for 628 yards and seven touchdowns and was tabbed by Rivals as the 12th best athlete in the country and 116th ranked player in the country regardless of position. ESPN tabbed him the 13th best receiver and No. 67 player regardless of position. Scout.com thought less and ranked him 91st at receiver. He chose UM over South Carolina, South Florida and UCF.
> What he's done as a Cane: Last season, Johnson made one start (against Virginia) but played in 11 games and caught five passes for 71 yards including an important 17-yard touchdown catch in the come-from-behind win over Duke. Johnson had one catch for seven yards in the spring.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: At 5-11, 190 pounds, Johnson is as talented and as fast a slot receiver on the team. But he'll enter the fall likely sitting behind Collier and redshirt freshman Kendall Thompkins on the depth chart. It's not that Johnson can't play, its that Collier and Thompkins are a little better. UM coach Randy Shannon has said he wants to have a smaller rotation this season at receiver, which could hurt Johnson's opportunities to see the ball thrown his way. But it doesn't mean that when he is in there, he won't make plays. I expect another quiet season for DJ, maybe one that includes a redshirt if Miami tries to space out its receivers.