Outside the Huddle and Blitz are counting down who they feel are the top 50 individual players in northeast Indiana heading into the 2022 season.
Our highest preseason honor, the fourth-annual First Eleven profiles the top players (in the mind of Outside the Huddle) entering this fall.
No. 1: WR/S Brauntae Johnson, junior, North Side
It feels as if ‘Tae Tae’ has been around forever, but that comes from the fact that he has been making plays on Friday nights since he was a freshman.
Johnson is the best player in one of the best conferences in the entire state, making him an easy choice for Outside the Huddle as its top player in the area entering the 2022 season.
Despite missing time last season, Johnson was extremely deadly at receiver, in the return game and at safety. He affects the game in all three facets, forcing opponents to account for where he is on every snap of the game.
Just how athletic is Johnson? Consider the fact that he holds Division I offers in both football AND basketball. The 6-foot-3 junior’s future is on the gridiron, but he is one of the best hoopers in the region as well.
Look for North Side to find a multitude of ways to feed their four-star stud the ball at every opportunity. Go routes, screens, laterals, end arounds – whatever it takes to get the ball in his hands.
With offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State and Penn State coming just this summer, Johnson continues to rise in the minds of college coaches.
A huge junior season will only continue the momentum.
COACH’S QUOTE ON BRAUNTAE JOHNSON
“I may be biased, but Tae Tae is the best football player in the country. There is nothing he cannot do on the football field. He is also a great teammate, a leader and one of the hardest-working kids I have ever coached. He is ready to have a dominant junior season.” – North Side coach Ben Johnson