SCHOOL ATHLETES: McCamey’s Johnson has discovered the future
Although Caden Johnson’s senior football season was slightly derailed by injury, he still exemplified what it meant to be a good teammate.
He made sure to meet that same standard off the pitch.
Johnson is set to graduate from McCamey High School’s class of 2021, ending a career where he has balanced classes with football and track and field.
He garnered numerous awards during his time at McCamey, including being named wide-district wide receiver and fielder, as well as an all-state varsity selection.
McCamey’s head football coach Michael Woodard has said Johnson is great in everything he gets involved in.
Woodard was able to see Johnson in sports and classroom settings, teaching history during Johnson’s sophomore year.
“He works hard, he’s always on top of everything he does in class,” said Woodard. “You hear nothing but positive things from his teachers and peers.”
Johnson was able to get through a full training regimen and class load because he was focused on maintaining top grades.
Woodard said Johnson wouldn’t do anything without maximum effort.
The football manager has the highest expectations for Johnson and his future.
After graduating, Johnson plans to attend Howard College in Big Spring.
He plans to study accounting, hoping to one day become a certified public accountant.
Johnson initially wanted to study something along the medical road, but changed his mind a few months ago when he realized how good he was with numbers.
Her favorite subject throughout high school was math, with precomputation taking the top spot as her favorite subject.
Johnson plans to attend Howard College for the first two years of his undergraduate studies and then transfer to Angelo State University to complete his degree.
A combination of nervousness and excitement crosses his mind when he thinks about the transition that accompanies his estrangement from McCamey.
“I don’t know how it’s gonna be, I’m just ready to learn,” Johnson said. “Unlike most people, I like to learn.”
When Johnson begins his freshman year in the fall, he plans to take a pragmatic approach to his studies.
He knows he will have to put maximum effort into his classes if he is to be successful, just as he did during his time at McCamey.
Even though he wanted to continue playing sports to the next level, Johnson will put athletics aside when he heads to Big Spring.
Before Johnson got injured in the 2020 football season, he played the Badgers’ middle linebacker and tight end.
Woodard said Johnson set the tone for the season early after receiving Player of the Week honors, but the injury changed prospects for the rest of the year.
The athlete decided early on that he would not continue his time in the sport after high school.
“It probably happened to him; it’s a shame because he was a hell of a football player, ”said Woodard.
Throughout Johnson’s time as the Badger, he wanted to make sure he was teaching others around him not to give up.
He wanted to set a standard of work ethic that anyone could follow.
“If you work hard you will get great things rewarded,” Johnson said.
This work ethic was evident from his first steps on campus as a high school rookie.
Woodard said Johnson set an example for other athletes when he started working hard to change his physique in the weight room.
“To this day, everything he does, his hard work and his great attitude, he has left that legacy,” said Woodard. “He has children who follow in his footsteps.”
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>> Sports: Soccer; Track
>> Academic bio: National Honor Society; Academic of all states
>> Athletic bio: Football (2020 Week 2, Ford Built Tough Class 2A Player of the Week; 2019 All-District WR / DE)
>> Activities: Aptitude; Bodybuilding
>> College and major: Howard College (accounting)
>> Goals for the future: Become a CPA
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>> Role model: David Goggins