On Sunday young defensive back Tomauri Johnson tweeted he had received his first offer from Syracuse. The Orange have also offered his high school teammate and defensive back mate Jaheim Miller, standing at 6’0″, 170 lbs. Johnson is tall and lean, stepping to the line of scrimmage in coverage at 6’3″, 160 lbs. He’s Class of ’24 at Miami International Academy, and has already gained some attention in South Florida. He recently made the list of rising sophomores to keep an eye out for from acclaimed and legendary Sunshine State recruiting analyst Larry Blustein.
“These Miami-Dade and Broward athletes have already started to make a huge impact on their varsity teams – and are in the spotlight during the spring and summer. This class will also be home to some quality athletes, who not only got it done at the youth level, but also made some major strides this past season when analysts and college coaches were often not around to see – and that’s why getting pushed out early and often this spring… Tomauri Johnson (CB, 6-2, 165, Miami Internationa Academy)” – Larry Blustein, South Florida recruiting expert
“Rising Stars” scouting service tweeted Johnson “instantly passes the eyeball test… can cover, tackle, and hit like a linebacker.”
Watching film on him, Johnson runs fluidly and has great body control in the air when making plays on the ball. He has prototypical big corner height, and has proven to be willing to be physical to get ball carriers to the ground.
Dino Babers and co. have shown many times they feel like Florida is a resource for them. Syracuse has been aggressive offering players in the state as early as possible, hoping to build relationships over the long haul. Eddy Pierre-Louis is one of the most coveted players in the state. The Orange also handed Florida WR Derrick Bohler his first offer. There’s a theme here. SU knows there’s elite talent in Florida are is trying to be the first ones to offer players they project as Power 5 starters. Syracuse has nine players from Florida on the current roster. The Fizz will an eye on Miami International when they begin play this fall and see how this cornerback tandem does. Perhaps down the line both are locking down ACC wideouts in the Dome.