@ColtonJohns8 from @LCA_Football showing it may all be in the family. @KnightsofLCA @AnthonyJohnsLCA @JDMLCAFootball @CoachDCharles @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @KyHighs @HLPrep @MaxPrep @PrepSpin @1776Bank Featured Photo: Trevor White

Colton is the little brother of one of the finer technicians the interior offensive line has known in and around the KHSAA over the previous several years. Brother (@AnthonyJohnsLCA) is off playing football (OC, projected) for the Colonels of EKU. Colton plays offensive center right now and may be among the best clinicians at that position in Kentucky.

Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member KPGFootball

There is a saying with which we believe you to be familiar. The saying is “the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.” It means children will generally grow up and comport themselves similarly to their parents.

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The saying has an interesting origin. The phrase began as “…the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…” and came into the English language in the mid-1700s.

A similar phrase can be found in German from the 1500s and was ascribed to a Turkish source. Der Apfel fellt nicht gerne weit vom Baume, which translates as “The apple does not like to fall far from the tree…” or as best we can tell, we don’t speak German much around our offices.

Anyway, you don’t see the phrase attributed to brothers much. However, we fail to see why not.

It would apply here. Colton Johns’ big brother, Anthony, just finished his high school career among the very best interior offensive linemen in the entire commonwealth of Kentucky.

Early indications are Colton Johns looks to put in a high school career similar to the one just polished off by big brother. Johns is a ’26 prospect who has “been around,” so to speak.

Johns has played for FBU’s version of “Team Kentucky” as well as Future Stars, the version we have found to be the superior “Team Kentucky.” Johns has played in “Battle of the Regions” twice and the “Rebel Bowl” three times.

Middle school statistics are hard to find. That doesn’t mean impossible.

Johns is 5’10” or so but has been listed anywhere from 5’8″ to in the “6′ range.” He’s clearly still growing so his present height seems meaningless to us.

He weighs a solidly put together 220-pounds. His performance this past season, playing about half of the time owing to LCA “mercy ruling” so many opponents, was “other worldly.”

Johns allowed zero (0) sacks while grading out at 90% on offense where he consistently led his offensive line cohorts. On defense where he played both DT and NG, Johns logged 30-tackles, 8-TFLs, and registered four (4) QB-sacks with a fumble recovery.

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Prep Red Zone (PRZ) has written a feature which mentioned Colton Johns. PRZ wrote, “A two-time All-Region selection, Johns has pretty good feet and has very little issue down blocking or pulling from the Center position. Clearly athletic enough to play Guard as well.” We would join our esteemed colleague in this assessment.

We believe this is an elite player at the all-important offensive center position coming into his freshman season of high school. We believe this is a player who, next level, could play interior offensive line or maybe even interior defensive line depending on how his physical frame should finish from here.

Either way, this Johns figures to have just as outstanding of a prep career as his brother. It would seem this is one acorn or apple destined not to stray (or fall) too far from big brother’s tree.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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