Shasta County Sports’ Top 50 players are ranked, in a countdown format, based on varsity experience and potential impact for the upcoming season. Coaches’ opinions, statistics, postseason accolades, video highlights and the “eye test” were all factors in compiling the list.
The only teams included are in Shasta County – Anderson, Burney, Central Valley, Enterprise, Fall River, Foothill, Redding Christian, Shasta, U-Prep and West Valley. A reminder: just because a player plays in a lower division for a smaller school, doesn’t mean their impact is any less than a player from a large school.
The Top 50 Returning Players List is sponsored by Tri Counties Bank, a proud partner of Shasta County Sports.
8. Jahari Johnson | WR/DB | Enterprise | Jr.
Question: What do you get when you take a sophomore sensation who burst on the scene with a breakout season and add an offseason where he added 10 pounds to his 6-foot-2 frame and toss in arguably the hardest working kid on the team?
Answer: Jahari Johnson – a nightmare for opposing teams and a complimentary weapon to Eli Cortinas in the Enterprise Hornets’ arsenal.
“I think he has a chance to be one of the best athletes in the area,” Hornets’ coach Chris Combs said. “He’s working on perfecting his skill set and when that matches his ability, he can almost be unguardable at 6-2.
“His goal is to play after high school and he has the work ethic and the plan.”
The sophomore played varsity in 2019 and grabbed 24 passes for 516 yards and five touchdowns. A second team All-Shasta County selection, Johnson also added 31 tackles from his DB spot and two interceptions.
Combs said Johnson is working on tracking the ball better as well as running shorter and intermediate routes and trusting his quarterback and skills when coming out of cuts.
“We could throw go-route after go-route (and he’d catch most of them), but he wants to get better at route-running,” the coach said. “He loves working and doesn’t dread the day-to-day grind.
“It helps everyone (watching Johnson) that one of your prime time players is willing to put in that work and outwork everyone else.”
Johnson and Jason Butcher also provide a 1-2 punch on the edge for Combs and the Hornets, while the junior is also finding his way as a team leader.
“He’s got the game and he’s finding his voice,” Combs said of taking on a leadership role as a second-year varsity player. “He models what it means to work.”
2021 Spring Football Player Rankings
Players Nos. 46-50
Players Nos. 41-45
Players Nos. 36-40
Players Nos. 31-35
Players Nos. 26-30
Players Nos. 21-25
Players Nos. 16-20
Players Nos. 11-15
Player No. 10: Michael Traylor, Shasta
Player No. 9: Jack Maready, Foothill
Player No. 8: Jahari Johnson, Enterprise
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