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Tyquan “Flash” Johnson Earns Nickname

By Barry Every
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Johnson has been playing on the SCHS Varsity squad his entire high school career and heads into his senior season having caught 62 passes for 1,545 yards and 27 scores.

Sylvania, Georgia sits 59 miles northwest of Savannah and 69 miles south of Augusta, right on the South Carolina border. It’s kind of in no-man’s land as far as GHSA Class AA is concerned. Screven County Football has to travel more than one hour for their closest region game. But the remote location has not stopped college recruiters from recognizing the talent that abounds the class of 2018.

One of the heralded gridiron stars for the Gamecocks is receiver Tyquan Johnson. Last year as a junior he averaged 25.7 yards per catch while hauling in 13 touchdown passes. Johnson has been playing on the SCHS Varsity squad his entire high school career and heads into his senior season having caught 62 passes for 1,545 yards and 27 scores.

Head Coach Ron Duncan knows a thing or two about elite prospects. Before becoming the lead man at Screven County five years ago he was head coach at Bamberg-Ehrhardt (S.C.). While there he coached such players as Da’Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp. Both of which went onto Clemson and then the NFL.

“Tyquan reminds me of a player we had when I was the defensive coordinator at Camden (S.C.),” Duncan said. “His name was Kelvin Grant and he went onto sign with Clemson.” “He’s the prototypical big outside receiver than can really go up and get it.” “I consider Johnson a SEC Caliber receiver.”

Johnson is affectionately known as “Flash” by his teammates for his ability to stretch the field and vertically out maneuver defenders for the ball.

He currently holds offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Western Kentucky and Troy. Johnson is also receiving heavy interest from schools like Arkansas, Boston College, Florida, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

“This Spring a lot of coaches will come by to check out our senior class,” Duncan said. “I believe that Johnson will receive multiple Power Five conference offers once they meet him.” “He is a very conscientious worker that is on track to qualify with a solid 2.7 core GPA.”

So far Johnson has only attended one junior day and is was last month at Troy, but he has a huge unofficial visit set this coming weekend down in Gainesville, Florida.

“Yeah Florida is recruiting me pretty hard right now, and I am excited about my upcoming visit,” Johnson said. “But right now I would have to say Troy seems to be recruiting me harder than any other school.”

One school that Johnson would like to hear more from is Alabama.

“Yeah, who wouldn’t want to play for the Tide, they win a lot of games and championships,” He said.

Screven County has gone (31-6) over the last three seasons, winning two Region Titles. Last year the Gamecocks were knocked out of the GHSAA-AA Quarterfinals by Callaway 35-34. With 18 returning starters coming back Johnson and his teammates expect to make a serious run in 2017.

“We will have a few new wrinkles this fall,” Johnson said. Look for us to run a little more spread along with our Base I-Formation offense.” “We just need to work harder in the weight room a get everyone on the same page.” “This includes our fans; we need them at the games early helping to hype us up.”

One thing is for sure, if you happen to catch a Screven County football game this fall, you should be able to pick out the speedy 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver. He will be the guy making acrobatic catches deep downfield. The combination of size, speed and hands makes “Flash” Johnson a total mismatch for most defensive backs.