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ASU Football: Sun Devils land top in-state 4-star prospect Tyler Johnson

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The Arizona State Sun Devils are blazing the recruiting trail, and continued their hot streak Friday, setting up shop at home in earning the commitment of four-star prospect Tyler Johnson.

Johnson selected ASU over Michigan State, Alabama, Florida State, USC and UCLA, among others who held interest in the Highland High School (Gilbert, Ariz.) product.

His commitment gives ASU 11 signings for its 2017 class, and its third high school recruit rated a consensus four-star prospect this circuit (Alex Perry, Ryan Kelley). It’s also the fifth in-state signing ASU has made.

Johnson is listed as a tight end by Scout and 247 Sports, and as a wide receiver by Rivals. During his high school career, he also contributed on the defensive side of ball, as MaxPreps lists him as a part-time defensive end. Johnson also served as a punter and returned kicks during his high school career. ESPN lists him as an athlete.

Considering his impressive stature (6-foot-4, at least 240 pounds) and the Sun Devils’ current depth at receiver, it’s more likely Johnson is trained in either a tight end, defensive end or linebacker role at ASU.

Here’s a quick outlook on Johnson, based on information gathered from top scouting services:

Tyler Johnson, TE (Highland-Ariz.) — schools in parenthesis denote “medium” or “warm” interest; bold denotes offers
Scout: 4-star, 6-4, 240 lbs, No. 13 TE (Alabama, Arizona, ASU, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, UCLA, USC, Washington)
247: 4-star, 6-4, 245 lbs, No. 6 TE (ASU, Mich. State, FSU, Pitt)
Rivals: 4-star, 6-4, 245 lbs, No. 24 TE (Alabama, Arizona, ASU, FSU, Michigan, MSU, Nebraska, Pitt, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Washington)
ESPN: 4-star, 6-4, 245 lbs, No. 21 ATH, ESPN 300 prospect (Alabama, Arizona, ASU, Louisville, Miami (Fl.) Michigan, MSU, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Washington)

Below are highlights from Johnson’s senior year: