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Johnson Bros Vol. 3

Written By: Lalo Mata                                                                                                       

Published: May 16, 2020

Da’Marcus Johnson

Johnson Bros Vol. 3

Da’Marcus Johnson looks to fight for a starting spot as one of the new faces on a bounce-back Fresno State Bulldogs football program who are eager for powerhouse year after a rough 2019 season in the Mountain West.

Da’Marcus comes from a top-notch program at American River College who has become a powerhouse of 916 football talent. “Beaver Built” is the saying around the field and has become a top tier status symbol when you mention juco products from Sacramento. ARC produces elite players to every college level such as Da’Marcus.

Much like his older brothers PJ and DJ, Da’Marcus is the pride of Burbank high school. Johnson was a force in high school which led him to the decision of becoming a beaver at ARC. As the summer approaches we can anticipate the hard work of Johnson to show on the field as he pushes more towards his starting spot as a defensive end. 

What kept you determined to play college football?

“What kept me determined was I didn’t want my parents to have to worry about college. I wanted the expenses of college to be taken care of without creating debt. Also having brothers at the next level showed me it was possible. I knew if I worked hard enough, it’d pay off and it definitely did.”

Johnson is a smart and hard-working player that created a better future for himself by doing what he needed to do to achieve his goals. He made his life easier as well as his parents by putting in the work and staying determined.

Who made the biggest influence in your career?

“The biggest influence in my career was breaking my leg and ankle my senior year. After the injury I lost my offers and colleges turned away. They didn’t think I’d be able to play at a high level anymore after my recovery. This kind of put a chip on my shoulder, to prove to myself and the college coaches that I could still play. Going through rehab was probably the hardest thing I’ve done but I believe it has helped me with fighting through adversity and not making excuses.” 

A bounce-back player with a strong sense of resilience made Da’Marcus become more dedicated to prove people wrong as well as proving himself right during his journey to high-level football.

Do your brothers motivate you to keep playing the game? How?

“They motivate me from watching them and from their words. Seeing PJ go through everything he’s been through pushes me to never quit and really gives hope in the worst of situations. Also, having DJ go through his own problems and not letting it change who he is and still seeing the same passion and drive through it all is a great thing to see. I especially love his work ethic. They’re great examples to follow, especially football.”

The Johnson brothers are one of the most successful brothers from Sacramento when it comes to football, but not everyone sees the work they put in as a family to stay motivated. 

What is your long-term goal in football?

“My long term goal is to leave the game and have people know who I am. I want to be remembered after I’m done playing on the field. I want to be the best player I possibly can be.” 

What is the hardest part of the recruitment process? Why?

“The hardest part is getting your name out. And also you have to have patience. It doesn’t happen fast and it’ll frustrate you. The hardest part for me was losing my offers after the injury. At first it kind of killed my dreams, but then it drove me harder to achieve them.”

What advice would you give to younger football players?

“The best advice I can give is no matter where you are in your career, keep working hard. Don’t give up on your goals even if it seems like it won’t happen. You’re gonna hit adversity but don’t let it deter you from what you want to do. Don’t cheat yourself, hard work truly pays off.”

Da’Marcus has become the definition of what it means to work for what you want especially against the injuries, thoughts, and struggles in a football player’s career. As the football season gets closer we look for Da’Marcus to use that same work ethic to push his name into a starting role for the Bulldogs and help turn the program around.