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Super 30: Casady's Denver Johnson happy his height led him to receiver position

Casady’s Denver Johnson has blossomed into a 6-foot-3 target verbally committed to Tulsa and ranked No. 23 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. This summer, he’s working on his speed.
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 4, 2014

Denver Johnson wanted to be a quarterback when he was younger.

There was a slight problem with that desire — Johnson couldn’t throw well.

But he was already taller than other players, so he was moved to tight end before becoming a receiver.

It was a decision the Casady receiver looks back on fondly.

“My body,” Johnson says while laughing about why he played receiver. “I didn’t have anything else.”

Johnson has certainly blossomed, becoming a 6-foot-3 target verbally committed to Tulsa and ranked No. 23 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30.

Last season, he caught 39 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns in a pass-first offense.

“I love being able to compete, the trash talk with DBs and being able to make plays,” Johnson said. “When it comes down to it, we’re going to throw it. I just like to be that guy we’re going to throw it to and help my team.”

This season, he’s hoping his numbers improve as he works on improving his speed.

He was clocked at a 4.72 40-yard last season, but already has that down to a 4.59 as he begins easing doubts from recruiters.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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The Oklahoman’s Super 30

No. 23

Name: Denver Johnson

School: Casady

Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

Position: Wide receiver

Committed to: Tulsa (June 8, 2014)

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