Name: Garrison Johnson
Position: Running back
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Weight: 242 lbs.
Hometown: Rosharon, Tex.
High School: Manvel
2019 Stats: Redshirt year
2020 Projections: If the Syracuse Orange’s running backs perform as we hope, then maybe we don’t have to see Johnson on the field much. But if we see short-yardage struggles and/or red zone issues, perhaps the big, bruising runner starts getting a little more involved in the offense. Fullback’s also a possibility if Chris Elmore winds up on the defensive side of the ball.
How Did He Get Here?: Former Manvel coach and Syracuse QB coach Kirk Martin convinced Garrison to join him up in Central New York. He picked the Orange over offers from Virginia, Nebraska, North Texas and others.
What Did Recruiting Sites Say?: Three stars, as you probably guessed.
Money quote: Over on Syracuse.com, Johnson shared how Kirk Martin won him over (again), and the bond that helped get him to commit to SU.
“There’s not that many coaches that would talk to me at 4 in the morning (eastern time). “It’s like, ‘Man, if you can call a college coach at that time of the day and talk to him that long, the relationship is there.”
Twitter feed: @lilgarry_1
Tweets of Wonder: Decision Day! As you know, he picked ‘Cuse.
Former Frenship & Trinity Christian RB Garrison Johnson switches to go to Syracuse. As a Syracuse Grad, I am super excited for him pic.twitter.com/VFjFlw2fnk— Pete Christy (@pchristy11) February 6, 2019
What Movie Would Dino Recommend for Him?: Perhaps 2014’s “Camp X-Ray,” an independent film starring Kristen Stewart as U.S. Army private Amy Cole, who befriends Ali Amir (Payman Maadi), a prisoner she meets while serving as a guard at Guantanamo Bay. Actor Lane Garrison is in this too, but you definitely won’t like his character. His last name gets us to this movie that premiered at Sundance, though.
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Garrison’s first high school, Frenship, was once the home of notable piano player and arranger Glen Hardin. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps some of the artists he collaborated with may: he worked with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, John Denver and Emmylou Harris, among others.
Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha: High school highlights, of course.