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Elite football camp invite latest accomplishment for Miege’s Johnson

July 13, 2011

It’s a difficult decision for any high school athlete to transfer schools, but Bishop Miege football player Quanzee Johnson completed the transition with relative ease.

Johnson attended Mill Valley for his first two years of high school football. Then, as a junior, he faced his former school in the Class 5A district playoffs. The Stags beat the Jaguars 67-21 on Oct. 15.

“My first season at Miege went really well,” Johnson said. “I ended up starting at corner and kick returner. There are so many different packages and so many good players at Miege. It was definitely a privilege to play for their program last season.”

Miege finished the year with a 6-4 record and lost a back-and-forth game to eventual state champion Blue Valley, 35-34, in the first round of the state playoffs.

Johnson said he learned a lot from Miege coach and former Kansas City Chiefs standout Tim Grunhard.

In fact, after his solid season Johnson received some assistance from a former teammate’s family to bolster his chances for a college scholarship by helping him secure an invitation to the Football University Camps program.

“Shane Ray … his mom talked about it with my mom about going to an FBU camp,” Johnson said. “She nominated me to go to an FBU camp, and we went and I performed really well there and I got invited to the Top Gun Camp coming up in July.”

The Football University Top Gun Camp will take place July 21-23 in Williamsburg, Va.

Being invited to participate in the exclusive camps gives Johnson the opportunity to demonstrate his football talents.

“If I do good at these camps and show what I can do and hopefully put my name out there, a lot of coaches on these websites look at kids and talk to these ex-NFL coaches and players to find out about the talent out there,“ Johnson said. “Hopefully if I do good at these camps my name will get put out there, too.”

In order to secure a spot in Williamsburg, Johnson attended another camp in June held by Football University in Chicago.

There he met with several former NFL players and coaches who helped him hone his abilities at multiple levels.

“The thing I looked forward to most is learning from some of the best,” Johnson said. “They’ve been through everything I’ve been through — and even more. They have the experience to hopefully get me there and to teach me things that I haven’t learned yet.

“One thing I learned in Chicago — especially as a running back — is technique and footwork you have to use in order to be one of the best.”

During the camp, former New England Patriots fullback Larry Centers helped mentor Johnson in several aspects of his game.

“He was one I looked up to very much and one that gave me a lot of advice at the Chicago camp,” Johnson said, adding that he plans to take the knowledge he has gained and apply it to his game in the upcoming season.

Now that he has some national recruiting exposure and some enhanced football skills, Johnson hopes to help his team contend for a state championship in the fall.

“What I’m looking forward to most this season is our team camaraderie,” he said. “We are very close as a team this year. We are definitely looking to win a state championship this year. I feel like we have the speed and the discipline to go all the way.”

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