Eighth grade football star fields Division 1 football offers

He's a highly touted star on the football field juggling college recruiting ... as a member of the Detroit Police Athletic League.

Samuel Johnson III or SJ3 as his family calls him, is just 14 years old. He is a quarterback and already the college scouts are after him.

"I just work hard," he said. "Keep training waiting for more offers to come."

The 6 foot 3 middle school student who attends Oakley W. Best in Dearborn Heights says the first scholarship offer came from Akron.

"I was excited," Johnson said. "I was speechless, I couldn't believe it."

And then right after that came another offer from the University of Ohio.

"That's when I was like, it's really real," Johnson said. "I got to keep working hard."

SJ3 plans to display that hard work on the football field at Southfield High School where he will start his freshman year in the fall. and he give thanks for what he learned - on and off the football field  - as a member of Detroit PAL.

"Many folks think we're athletic organization," said Dewayne Jones of Detroit PAL. "But we are really a character building organization that uses athletics to cascade that message out."

As the scholarship offers come in and the media attention grows, SJ3's family says they know their son will take it all I stride.

"He's just a humble kid," said Samuel Johnson II, his father. "He don't get caught up in all media, he just wants to play football."

SJ3 says he maintains a 3.8 grade-point-average and he offers this advice to young people:

"Make sure you keep grades up," he said. "Because without that, football is nothing. And keep praying, thanking God and your mom and your dad."
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