Annapolis Area Christian senior wide receiver Demetrius Johnson has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antoinio, Tex., on Jan. 4.
Johnson, who also plays defensive tackle for the Eagles and is projected as a defensive back in college, will receive his game jersey when the Army Bowl selection tour visits the AACS campus for an assembly Friday afternoon.
“He’s probably going to play defensive back at the U.S. Army game,” Eagles coach Ken Lucas said. “He’s a kid that can play on either side of the ball at the next level. A lot of guys who play in that game at some point during their high school careers have played on both sides of the ball. They’re typically the best of the best.”
Although the Eagles (1-5) have struggled for the last year and a half, Johnson made his mark as a sophomore when they won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship. His first scholarship offer came from Maryland the next spring, followed by one from North Carolina State.
His stock rose on the camp circuit the summer after that and, now a Rivals.com four-star prospect, he also has offers from Old Dominion and Hawaii while other programs including Syracuse and Marshall have shown interest, Lucas said.
“He’s always been a defensive player. That’s where he started,” Lucas said, adding that Johnson didn’t emerge as an offensive threat until his sophomore year.
Lucas said Johnson could start for any team in the area.
“At 6-2, about 210 pounds, that’s a good-sized kid on any level let alone the high school level and when you have that kind of size and athletic ability coming out of the secondary making plays, you’d rather have that guy on your side,” Lucas said. "His ability to find the ball carrier -- I hesitate to say seek and attack, but that’s what he does. He can defend the pass but he’s a run-stop guy as well. Usually if there’s a collision on the field, he’s not too far away from it.”
The 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl will kick off at 1 p.m. Jan. 4 and will be broadcast live on NBC. Last year’s game drew a record crowd of 40,133.