Louisville’s 2022 recruiting class got its first commitment today with Khalib Johnson making his announcement. Johnson is a 3-star Quarterback from Alabama. When Pete Thomas was named Quarterbacks Coach, Johnson was his first offer just four days after officially being announced. Thomas obviously thinks highly of Johnson and he got his guy.
Johnson is a solidly built prospect at 6-2/205 and he shows good power when he runs the ball as opposed to being an elusive open-field runner. I like the fact that he is more of a traditional pocket passer who can run and that shows in his game. He can scan the field and make all the throws, but he can pick up a first down with his legs when the play breaks down. His high school team also likes to spread the field and use him on inside counter runs. It’s similar to what Clemson did with Trevor Lawrence last year.
Louisville is getting a proven passer with Johnson throwing for 2,476 yards last year to go along with 25 touchdown passes. Johnson has a big arm and good mechanics from what we can see on his highlights and he throws a really nice deep ball. If he arrives on campus early, I could see him push the veteran Quarterbacks for an opportunity to play early.
Johnson chose Louisville over Virginia Tech, USF, and Kansas. He also has offers from Columbia, Lafayette, UAB, Toledo, and San Diego State. He is teammates with Louisville Wide Receiver target Marquarius “Squirrel” White who has UofL in his top 10.