UK signee Johnson supplies signing-day laugh track

broberts@herald-leader.com,By Ben RobertsFebruary 5, 2014 

Junior-college defensive lineman Cory Johnson signed with Kentucky on Wednesday.

If the Kentucky football program ever hosts an open mic night, C.J. Johnson's set will be the one to see.

The junior-college defensive tackle was introduced to reporters Wednesday, and he packed several one-liners for the occasion.

Johnson noted that he lost 30 pounds during his career at ASA College in Brooklyn.

"I'm thinking I might come out and run a 4.2," said the 275-pounder.

On his ability to get past offensive linemen ...

"I've got great hand movements. I got a little Jackie Chan in there," he quipped, adding a physical demonstration a little while later.

On quarterback Drew Barker's role in keeping the class together ...

"Honestly, I didn't know Drew till I got here. I rarely get on the computer."

Johnson doesn't use a computer?

"A lot of people always ask me, 'Add me on Twitter,' and all this. ... I don't really do it like that. I don't like too many people hitting me up, because then I have to learn how to create accounts and stuff. I ain't trying to do all that. I'm just good with texting and phone calling."

But seriously, folks.

"I don't want nobody thinking I'm a joke," he said.

His game certainly isn't.

The early expectations for Johnson might be higher than anyone in UK's signing class.

He's the No. 23 junior-college player in the country, according to Rivals.com, and he'll be expected to come in and seriously compete for a starting spot at defensive tackle.

His path to UK triggers comparisons to Za'Darius Smith, last year's junior-college transfer who made an immediate impact. Johnson doesn't want to be pigeon-holed into the same scenario, but he won't back down from the expectations.

"Everybody is going to have their own success individually," Johnson said. "I don't say, 'Oh, he did good, so I'm going to come in and do good.' My role is going to be different from his. He had a great season last year coming in straight from juco. I can look at that and be like, 'If Z did it, I can do it too.'

"But, at the same time, it might not happen like that. You just have to come in and play hard and see what happens."

If the Kentucky football program ever hosts an open mic night, C.J. Johnson's set will be the one to see.

The junior-college defensive tackle was introduced to reporters Wednesday, and he packed several one-liners for the occasion.

Johnson noted that he lost 30 pounds during his career at ASA College in Brooklyn.

"I'm thinking I might come out and run a 4.2," said the 275-pounder.

On his ability to get past offensive linemen ...

"I've got great hand movements. I got a little Jackie Chan in there," he quipped, adding a physical demonstration a little while later.

On quarterback Drew Barker's role in keeping the class together ...

"Honestly, I didn't know Drew till I got here. I rarely get on the computer."

Johnson doesn't use a computer?

"A lot of people always ask me, 'Add me on Twitter,' and all this. ... I don't really do it like that. I don't like too many people hitting me up, because then I have to learn how to create accounts and stuff. I ain't trying to do all that. I'm just good with texting and phone calling."

But seriously, folks.

"I don't want nobody thinking I'm a joke," he said.

His game certainly isn't.

The early expectations for Johnson might be higher than anyone in UK's signing class.

He's the No. 23 junior-college player in the country, according to Rivals.com, and he'll be expected to come in and seriously compete for a starting spot at defensive tackle.

His path to UK triggers comparisons to Za'Darius Smith, last year's junior-college transfer who made an immediate impact. Johnson doesn't want to be pigeon-holed into the same scenario, but he won't back down from the expectations.

"Everybody is going to have their own success individually," Johnson said. "I don't say, 'Oh, he did good, so I'm going to come in and do good.' My role is going to be different from his. He had a great season last year coming in straight from juco. I can look at that and be like, 'If Z did it, I can do it too.'

"But, at the same time, it might not happen like that. You just have to come in and play hard and see what happens."

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com.

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