Most rising freshmen are not ready for the bright lights of varsity football, let alone at quarterback, a team's most important position.
Sam Johnson is not most rising freshmen.
The 6-foot-3, 180 pound 2019 quarterback participated in accuracy competition that was overseen by Michigan's passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch on Friday at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp.
He bested competition up to three years his senior until he was the last player remaining. An excited Fisch lifted Johnson's arm to the sky, as if he had won a wrestling match.
"I’m just trying to show off my talent and my accuracy against these older guys out here and (for) all the coaches that are out here looking," Johnson said Friday. "(The older players), they’ve been making me work harder, trying to keep up with them."
Johnson will play high school football at Southfield HS. If he wins the starting job, he'll have the luxury of handing the ball to one of the best running backs in the country: Michigan commit and four-star talent Matt Falcon.
Expectations are high for Johnson as he enters his first year of high school.
"I’m trying to win it all," he said, "the starting job and...states, all of it."
Last month, Johnson received his first two scholarship offers from Akron and Ohio. He said he's chatted with coaches from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Western Michigan and Central Michigan, amongst others. According to 247Sports, he camped at Michigan State Saturday.
On Friday, Johnson captured the attention of Fisch after winning his accuracy competition.
"He’s cool, he’s real cool," Johnson said. "He’s a good coach, too."