Amazing athlete with lightning-quick speed and a family pedigree of outstanding athletes, Johnson will provide a solid foundation for the team's future at a key position.
High School: The brother of current MSU reciever Maddy Johnson, Phoenix rushed for 1,478 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2012 as a senior for the Webb City (Mo.) High Cardinals coached by John Roderique ... Earned Class 4 consensus all-state honors his last two seasons while helping Webb City to three consecutive undefeated state title runs (all 15-0) from 2010-12 ... Cardinals were a combined 54-1 during his four years, while Johnson racked up 3,816 yards and 70 career touchdowns ... Was Webb City's team MVP his junior and senior years while claiming all-conference, all-district and All-Ozarks laurels both seasons ... Was also the starting point guard on the Cardinals' basketball team.
Personal: Phoenix S. Johnson was born 5/3/95 in Joplin, Mo. ... Son of Gary "Cat" and Wendy Johnson of Webb City, Mo. ... Father was a high school basketball legend in Missouri (Joplin Memorial High) who went on to play at Oral Roberts and was drafted by the New Jersey Nets ... Older brother, Maddy, is also a wide receiver for the Bears ... Majoring in General Business.