One of the more exciting stories this offseason in the Pac-12 is how DJ Johnson will capitalize after impressing last year as a first-year tight end. The interesting part about DJ’s recruitment process compared to now is he was recruited to play defensive end at the collegiate level.
As a four-star recruit out of Sacramento, California, DJ gained college offers from Power 5 schools everywhere. However, even being a California kid, DJ chose to enroll at the University of Miami, where he would only stay for one season before transferring to the University of Oregon.
In 2020, DJ and the Duck’s coaching staff decided to transition Dj to the other side of the ball to the tight end position. Once players ahead of DJ went down, DJ stepped in with his size and ball skills and performed well in what has turned the heads of NFL scouts.
This upcoming season the second-year collegiate TE, with two years of eligibility left, is looking to turn back the clock to his days on the offensive side of the ball in high school. DJ proclaimed offense as his first love, and by watching his film during the Oregon Ducks back-to-back Pac 12 title chase, his skills as a pass-catcher and blocker are evident.
In this edition of the Slightly Personal Podcast, DJ and host Christopher DiCerbo discuss DJ’s transition from one side of the ball to the other midway through his collegiate career, the impact one year of Miami football had on his life, his expectation for himself and the Oregon Ducks this season and much more.