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NFL’s Johnson on tap for Suwannee All-Skillz Camp

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By Mike Capshaw, Staff Writer

Chiefland High's football program will welcome back one of its most famous alums when Jarret Johnson takes part in the Suwannee All-Skillz Camp on July 9 at the school.

Johnson, a starting linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, will help coach youth ages fourth through eighth grade at the five-hour camp. 

The former first-team All-Southeastern Conference and second-team All-American at Alabama will stick around for an autograph session afterward.

"We're obviously very excited to have Jarret Johnson return," said CHS coach Jim O'Neal, who coached Johnson on the Indians' 1997 state championship team.

 "It means a lot to us to have a guy come back to his roots that started in Chiefland.

"I remember him showing up as about a 187-pound freshman, and he ended up 270 (pounds) when he left."

Joining Johnson at the camp will be former University of Florida Gator Daniel Plonk (1979-82). 

The camp will teach fundamentals of all phases of the game. 

There will be stations for kicking, throwing, punting, blocking, how to get off blocks, starting, stopping and pass rushing. 

The cost is $50 for those who preregister and $60 on the day of the camp.

Registration will be from 9-10 a.m. 

Lunch and T-shirts will be provided, and campers can get autographs and their pictures taken with Johnson during a session from 3-4 p.m that wraps up the camp.

Johnson, who now lives in Homestead, was born and raised in Cedar Key but attended Chiefland High. 

His grandmother, Marie Johnson, and his aunt, Levy County School Board Member Beth Davis live in Cedar Key.

He was a 4th round pick by the Ravens in the 2003 NFL Draft. In 2009, he was named to Pro Football Weekly's top 10 most underrated players in the NFL. 

This past season, he was third on the squad with 73 total tackles for a Ravens team that finished 12-4 before losing 31-24 at Pittsburgh in the AFC divisional playoffs.