Sheldon Johnson came to Gilman as a sophomore, weighing about 300 pounds. That’s the kind of size football coaches love if it’s muscle weight, but Johnson appeared slow and out of shape in 2011.
“He was just too heavy to be an effective player,” Gilman defensive coordinator Stan White recalled. “He couldn’t play two downs in a row.”
Two years later, the senior has slimmed down to 270 pounds and developed into an elite prospect.
“He should be proud that he has gone from a guy who couldn’t play for us to a guy who is playing for his state,” White said.
The 6-foot-3 Johnson, an offensive guard, will be competing in the 57th installment of the Big 33...