OL Caleb Johnson
OL Caleb Johnson, 6-6, 275; Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic
Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 33 offensive tackle.
247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 29 offensive tackle, No. 261 overall.
Notable numbers: Helped running back Jamarian Samuel rush for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns on 151 carries in an 11-game season.
Enrolling early? Yes.
Birthday: March 17, 2002.
First scholarship offer: UAB.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “Probably the middle of the Zoom call (with the coaching staff in November). Before that, we already had a conversation with my parents. We were pretty set on Notre Dame. But in the middle of the Zoom call, I was like, ‘You know what, yeah, this is the place where I want to go.’ I made the decision shortly after.”
What I’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic: “Hanging out with friends and family is a blessing. Don’t take it for granted, because stuff can go crazy at any time.”
One word to describe Brian Kelly: “Worker. I see their program as blue collar and hard work in and out.”
Best player I’ve played against: Clemson defensive end commit Cade Denhoff (2021 class).
Most interesting fact about myself: “I’m a gun enthusiast. I very much like guns. I like taking them apart and putting them together.”
Most embarrassing song on my playlist: “Firework” — Katy Perry.
Most controversial opinion: “Florida football is bigger than Texas football.”
Dream job (other than the NFL): “I really like selling stuff, so selling a product that I know in and out.”
NFL player comparison: San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey.
Freshman year expectations: “Get my 40 time to 5.1, 5.2 (seconds). Get up to at most 310 (pounds), but not a bad 310. I do not want that. If it’s possible, maybe get some playing time. But if not, then just do the best that I can in practice and work hard.”
Favorite thing about football: “That you are cheered and awarded for hitting and breaking people’s will.”
What’s your best sport other than football? Basketball.
Sports idol: His father, Aaron Johnson, who briefly played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Preferred social media: Instagram.
Favorite musician/band: Tyler Childers, Johnny Cash and Whiskey Myers.
Favorite TV show: “Breaking Bad.”
Favorite movie: “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Celebrity crush: Zendaya.
How many times have you watched Rudy? “It’s kind of engrained in you, that and ‘Hoosiers.’ Especially if you grew up in Indiana. So it’s a lot. More than I can remember.”