Name: DuWayne Johnson
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
High School: H.D. Woodson
2017 Stats: Had 17 tackles in eight games for Arizona Western Community College.
2018 Projections: With only two years to play, he’s likely to be on the field sooner rather than later. Though he wasn’t on last week’s updated two-deep, that could change over the course of August. While he may not supplant starting corners Scoop Bradshaw and Chris Fredrick, he could get into the nickel back mix.
How Did He Get Here?: He began his college career at Virginia Tech, then spent a year at Arizona Western. Schools like Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa State and Washington State were impressed enough to offer him. But the Syracuse Orange were the pick.
What Did Recruiting Sites Say?: Three stars, both as a high school prospect and as a JUCO recruit. He was a top-10 JUCO corner in 2018, and a top-100 JUCO player, according to 247Sports.
Money Quote: Coaching staff wins out yet again. Got to love hearing that.
“It really came down to the coaching staff. They played a big part in me ultimately deciding to come to Syracuse. They believed in me and that I could compete right away.”
Tweets of Wonder: This is actually about tight ends coach Reno Ferri, but Johnson’s commitment is a key part of that story on how Ferri’s made huge strides toward Syracuse getting more DMV-area talent.
Syracuse assistant Reno Ferri deserves a lot of credit for the program's inroads in D.C. this cycle. Okechukwu, Hendrix, Wallace all signed. Abdul Adams transferred in. Salahuddin, Duwayne Johnson still on the board. https://t.co/9sBQ73t9HD— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) February 7, 2018
What Movie Would Dino Recommend for Him?: There are an endless number of films starring The Rock available for this DuWayne (not Dwayne) Johnson. Let’s go with “Hercules,” but there are arguments to be made about the rest of his sprawling filmography.
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Johnson’s not the first member of his family to play FBS football, as his brother Jerrard Hunter suited up for FAU for a few years as a wide receiver.
Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha: Here’s some of what DuWayne was up to at Arizona Western.