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47  Jabari Johnson
Jabari Johnson

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Stone Mountain, Ga.

High School:
Stephenson

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 276

Position:
Defensive End

Experience:
1L


02/06/2014

2014 National Signing Day Recap

UK signs 28 for the 2014 season

11/12/2012

Joker Phillips Press Conference Coverage

Held at the Wildcat Den

10/29/2012

Joker Phillips Weekly Press Conference

Held at the Wildcat Den

01/31/2012

UK Football Signing Day Central

UKathletics.com Exclusive Signing Day Coverage

10/17/2011

Joker Phillips Monday Press Conference Coverage

Held at the Wildcat Den

Moved from defensive tackle to end during the spring ... Looking to contend for playing time at the talented, deep end positions ... Moved from linebacker to defensive tackle last season ... Played linebacker his first two seasons ... Enrolled at Kentucky in January 2011 as a grayshirt ... Originally signed with the Wildcats in Feb. 2010.

2013 (Sophomore): Moved from linebacker to defensive tackle ... Continued to practice with the team.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in two games, the win over Kent State and at Arkansas ... Made a tackle vs. KSU.
2011 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Primarily a linebacker in high school ... "May be the best-looking kid on the hoof on a team with over 25 DI (Division I) prospects," wrote recruiting analyst Barry Every of Rivals.com, who also tabbed Johnson as a "big-time sleeper" ... Has been clocked as fast as 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a terrific time for a linebacker ... Also played strong safety, fullback and tight end ... Three-year letterman, two-year starter ... Helped Stephenson HS to an 11-1 record as a senior (2009) in Class AAAAA, the largest classification in Georgia ... Totaled 76 tackles as a senior, with five quarterback sacks, eight tackles for loss, two fumbles caused and one recovery ... First-team all-region ... Selected for the DeKalb County All-Star Game ... Coached by Ron Gartrell ... "Jabari's athletic ability is outstanding," Gartrell said. "He has great reaction skills and really understands the game on both sides of the ball." ... Teammate of current Wildcat Ronnie Shields and former Cat Raymond Sanders ... Also participated on the track and field team, competing in the 400-meter run and hurdles events.
Personal: Born in Atlanta, Ga. ... Name is pronounced "jah-BAR-ee" ... Son of Melvin Johnson and Veronica Johnson ... A cousin, Trey Buice, played football at Ball State ... Major is community and leadership development.
Community Cats: Participated in the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12) ... Delivered food for God's Pantry (2014).
Jabari Says ... I couldn't live without my: family, friends and dogs ... My go-to song to get ready for a game is: Vice Versa by Pastor Troy ... My ideal vacation spot is: China ... The one thing I like most about football is: when you are on the field, nothing else matters -- no worries, no stress ... What's the best advice you've ever received? Life is all about choices.

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium