Now former Penn State wide receiver Juwan Johnson announced last month that he was going to enter the transfer portal as a graduate transfer and today he made his plans known, taking to Twitter to announce that he will be heading to Eugene, Oregon to play for the Oregon Ducks.
Johnson had an up-and-down career at Penn State, really emerging during his sophomore season in 2017, catching 54 passes for 701 yards and a touchdown. He saw a drop-off last season in his production but he missed a good amount of games and when he did play, his yards per catch were actually up from the season before.
Oregon has a void to fill at wide receiver with the departure of Dillon Mitchell, who left early for the NFL and was the teams’ only reliable receiving target for Justin Herbert to throw the ball to this past season.
They went out and addressed that need by signing four four-star wide receivers during this past season’s recruiting cycle, but adding Johnson, who was a four-star wide receiver himself and ranked 13th at his position coming out of high school as part of Penn State’s 2015 class, adds more depth to the receiver room and should lead to more competition at the position and ultimately competition at every position is good because it will usually bring the most out of people.
The upside of Johnson is obvious. He’s a physical freak and he has the size to be a number one receiver that can be a guy to go up and make plays in traffic when things break down and things need to be improvised, which just brings a different development to an offense. Some criticism around Johnson has been that he has a tendency to drop passes, but overall with his size, standing at 6’4″ and anywhere between 225 and 230 pounds, you’ll take the chance on him because of the physical attributes he has and the talent that he shows when you flip on his film.
Johnson will be eligible right away as a graduate transfer and he will compete for a starting spot at Oregon. Oregon really struggled at receiver this past season with drops and with players not being able to get separation consistently, so it would be safe to assume that every starting spot should be up for grabs with the departure of Mitchell. Johnson will have a leg up on the competition having already been in college for four seasons.