We have spoken numerous times on Coach Don Johnson Jr. the last few years . In 2015 he took on the challenge of resurrecting a Madison Senator Football program that was down to 17 total athletes, and actually shut the season down early the year prior. In 1.5 years Johnson has the Senators back on what will be a PIL title contending team, with 5-10 Division 1 athletes.
USC commit Daniel Green 6-3 232 is ranked the West’s #1 LB by Scout.Com. Isaia Mullen 6-4 190 is listed as Oregon’s top WR, with offers from Hawaii, Idaho, and multiple Big Sky’s. Wyryor QB/DB 17′ and MIke Noil ATH 18′ are unquestioned D1 kids, with Wyryor also adding an offer from the Vandals. These are a few of the athletes that have thrived and will lead the 2016 group.
Coach seems to like challenges. Over the last 1/2 decade he has taken over, and pumped life back into three schools, listed with some of the lowest winning percentages in the state. Prior to his arrival Milwaukie was (8-37) from 2007-11. He took them to the playoffs finishing (7-3) in 2012.
Evergreen HS in Washington went (7-28) from 2009-12, and Madison (7-29) from 2011-14. Johnson embraced these scenarios and helped double digit athletes earn D1 scholarships. In 2014 while at Evergreen he helped 5 of his athletes earn Division 1 offers, in what ended up being an injury plagued (2-7) season. That was more D1 commits than the entire state of Oregon had on the defensive side of the ball that year (3).
This past June he was the catalyst of what ended up being the most successful collegiate showcase in Northwest history. Close to 50 D1 committed and/or offered athletes attended the event, which included most of the Pac 12 and many other high profile D1 schools.
All of this said with maybe the most important statistic being the number of kids he has helped in life. Johnson has a no non sense approach. No grades, No play. Mess around off the field and you won’t be a part of his program. The future is tough to predict, but he could potentially be the most sought after coach in the West covering the next couple seasons.
We will keep you updated with Madison having a legit shot of winning a PIL title. The Senators (1-0) will host Sandy this Friday, before opening up with a good Franklin team to start league play.
*Individuals that have earned D1 Scholarships under Johnson the last 4 years
Kendrick Bourne- Milwaukie HS Eastern Washington
Dajuan Grant- Milwaukie HS Oregon St
Justice Murphy- Evergreen HS Wyoming, Riverside JC
Kobey Eaton- Evergreen HS Montana
Jerrin Williams- Evergreen HS Montana
Rey Green- Evergreen HS Montana
Brody Bagnall- Evergreen HS Air Force
Billy Nelson- Evergreen HS Weber St
Brandon Bea- Evergreen HS Montana
JR Mataia- Evergreen HS Eastern Washington
Daniel Green- Madison HS (Committed: USC)
Isaia Mullen- Madison HS (Offers: Hawaii, Idaho, Portland St, Montana, Mont St)
Wyryor Noil- Madison HS (Offers: Idaho)