Carter: Jaquan Johnson Will Be Legendary

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami Hurricanes senior safety Jamal Carter thinks very highly of sophomore Jaquan Johnson.

Jaquan Johnson (Photo: Christopher Stock, 247Sports)

Carter, who is tied for the team-lead in tackles with 79, believes Johnson has a bright future ahead of him when he takes over as a starter in 2017 with the departure of Carter and fellow senior Rayshawn Jenkins.

“He’s going to be an animal, legendary,” Carter said. “I already told him that he’s going to be legendary.”

Johnson has played in all 12 games for the 8-4 Hurricanes posting 35 tackles, three for a loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick.

“He catches on to things fast. He’s a playmaker. He just adapts to everything. He can do it all so I just feel he’s going to be legendary. I always tell him that.”

Carter believes the Hurricanes will be successful with the growth of Johnson and other young players in the program.

“Oh it’s going to be crazy,” Carter said. “A 10-win season or better.”

A trio of freshmen linebackers in Shaquille Quarterman, Michael Pinckney, and Zach McCloud will also be key for the Hurricanes’ defense moving forward.

“Amazing,” Carter said. “Like nothing I ever saw. They are amazing. They came in and they weren’t even playing like freshmen. They were like upperclassmen so that’s why I see a bright future for these guys.”

Carter also likes what he knows about the incoming recruiting class.

“All of the young guys that are coming in, oh it’s going to be crazy,” Carter said.

Christopher Stock has covered the Miami Hurricanes since 2003 and can be reached by e-mail at stock@insidetheu.com

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