ST. PETERSBURG – At 5’8″, there isn’t much of a quicker athlete than Lakewood’s Trovyon Johnson in the greater Tampa Bay area.
The junior contributes at quarterback, wide receiver and as the main punt and kick returner. Johnson became a starter for Lakewood varsity a year ago, something that he says was unexpected.
Ninth-year Spartans head coach Cory Moore and his group have started off the season 0-2 with losses to St. Petersburg and Jacksonville Bolles. However, Moore’s goal is for his team to be tough by the time it begins Class 5A-District 9 play in two weeks at Dunedin.
Johnson has high hopes for this year as Lakewood prepares for a road trip to Ocala Vanguard this week before returning home for a matchup against Dixie Hollins prior to opening up district play.
“I believe this year is the year that we will go all the way because of the team chemistry we have,” Johnson told Prep Sports Scouting. “I’ve been playing with the same guys I grew up with so we are comfortable playing around each other.”
Last season, the Spartans finished 6-5 with an appearance in the 5A region semifinal against Jesuit. Despite the 31-8 loss, Johnson loved playing in his first playoff game, calling it a “new atmosphere.”
In the Week 1 opener at St. Pete two weeks ago, Johnson played the entire first half at quarterback where he scored on a 13-yard scramble. He moved to wide receiver in the second half and made plays on special teams, including a 31-yard punt return to set up the team’s second touchdown.
“Being a versatile player is great and tiring at the same time,” he said. “Just knowing that the team needs me to play that position you have to step up and make plays when called upon.”
Johnson says playing alongside his Spartan brothers is his favorite part of the game. As for his coach, he called Moore someone who knows the game of football inside and out. Moore owns 72-31 record since taking over the sidelines in 2008.
“Playing under coach Moore is great knowing that I have a coach that has played all levels of football,” Johnson said. “He is willing to make each and every one his players be the best they can be.”
Starting his football life at age 4, Johnson was a quarterback. He says he gained his confidence two years later playing for the Lakewood Junior Spartans.
“I won the championship game in triple overtime by running a touchdown off a quarterback bootleg on 4th down,” he reminisced.
Johnson pointed to his ability to make moves on defenders and force miss tackles as his biggest strength. His biggest weakness, he says is not being able to see over the offensive line much when he’s lined up at quarterback.
Currently, he holds four offers from Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Samford and Troy. On top of that, FAU, USF and FSU have also shown interest. Johnson is planning visits next off-season.
His biggest role model is his mother someone who is very close to him.
“She is my biggest fan,” Johnson said. “She’s been there since the beginning, always motivates me to do better and is the one who told me to never give up; because every day I’m one step closer than yesterday. I see how she will sacrifice a lot to make sure that I have what I need. She knows football herself too.”
Johnson’s ultimate goal is to take football as far as possible which means playing in the NFL. If he can’t get there, he still has lofty goals in sports.
“If not, I’m going to stay connected to the game of football even if it means taking a little league or high school coaching job,” he said.
Here’s a kid that is so easy to root for. He has lethal speed and when he gets into open space it’s easy to see why so many schools are reaching out for his services.
Troyvon Johnson is a key element to the entire Lakewood team on both offense and special teams. He’s a pleasure to watch. The more times the Spartans can get the ball in his hands, the better off they’ll be. Expect a big junior campaign from Johnson.
Favorite players to watch – Rams WR Tavon Austin
Playlist before games – Kodak Black
Favorite movies – Fast and the Furious series and White House Down
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “I like watching golf. I started watching it when I was young and always enjoy it.”
Nickname from your teammates or friends – “Batman”
Game tape: Johnson’s Hudl tape
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