Ralph "Trey" Johnson committed his college football future to the Villanova Wildcats this week, adding another solid defensive back to the 2013 recruiting class. According to 247Sports, the 5-11, 160-pound recruit runs the forty-yard dash in about 4.5 seconds. He held offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo and Western Michigan as well as Villanova, according to the site. Other reports had Indiana University and Fordham also recruiting him.
He started out as a wide receiver as a freshman at Steinbrenner and moved to defense during his sophomore season. He possesses good speed and athleticism that should allow him to contribute at the college level.
"Trey has been here since day one and is a four-year starter," said Andres Perez, who is in his first season as head coach after serving the past three years as Steinbrenner's offensive coordinator. "We ask a lot from this young man."
"Trey is an exceptional athlete with exceptional speed and quickness," Perez said. "His vertical jump is the most amazing thing I've seen."
"He can back down a wide receiver and we feel comfortable with him covering any receiver on the field," said Perez. "He allows us to put in blitz packages. Trey is pretty aggressive. He will put a lick on anything that comes his way."
Villanova's defensive line coach and special teams coordinator Roc Bellantoni liked what he saw when he spotted Johnson while recruiting Florida for the 'Cats. He extended an offer early in the fall, which eventually resulted in Johnson travelling to Villanova for a visit and settling on the Wildcats' program.
Johnson has also competed in the 100 and 200 meter sprints for Steinbrenner High School's track team, and has also competed in high jumps and long jumps.
According to Tampa Bay Online, Johnson carries a 4.2 grade point average and is interested in majoring in Physics.
Ralph Trey Johnson c/o 2013 DB-ATH Steinbrenner High School Lutz Fl (via looking4offers3)