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Jafonta Johnson signs with Villanova

Johnson brings good pass-rushing skills to the Villanova defense.

Jafonta Johnson has officially signed his National Letter of Intent with Villanova, the school announced this morning. The 6'4" 235 lb. Henninger (NY) defensive end originally committed to Villanova late January, at the time becoming the thirteenth verbal in Villanova's 2015 class.

Johnson recorded 12.5 sacks in his senior season to earn 2nd-Team All-State honors. He held offers from Buffalo, Maine and New Hampshire before committing to Villanova. That's an impressive list of offers and marks one of the bigger recruiting victories for Villanova in this cycle.

Depth Chart (* denotes walk-on)
Class Name Height Weight
Senior Reggie Paris 6'3" 248 lbs.
Junior Tanoh Kpassagnon 6'7" 265 lbs.
Senior Noble Ajakaiye 6'0" 255 lbs.
Sophomore Eric Drains 6'4" 309 lbs.
(RS) Sophomore Mike Williams 6'4" 280 lbs.
(RS) Sophomore Thomas Plonski 6'5" 250 lbs.
Freshman Jafonta Johnson 6'4" 235 lbs.
Freshman Datrell Reed 6'3" 225 lbs.

Defensive end is actually one of the deeper positions on the roster, and becomes even deeper if you consider Ricky Young and Austin Calitro in the mix on the outside. Kpassagnon and Paris should retain their starting spots while Ajakaiye, Drains and Williams all saw extended minutes last season. Johnson could see some playing time as a pass-rushing specialist but more likely will use his freshmen season to bulk up.

Welcome Jafonta to 'Nova Nation!