For over a decade, wide receiver Chad Johnson was a household name in the NFL. Whether it was catching touchdowns, celebrating them, or even changing his name, he lived his life to the fullest and with a certain kind of edge that was unmatched. Now it’s his son’s turn to carry on the family legacy.
Chad Johnson Jr., the son of former NFL receiver Chad Ochocinco, will play college football for the Arizona State Sun Devils next season. He committed to head coach Herm Edwards’ program back in 2018, but the four-star recruit is finally ready to get down to business and take over the Pac-12 Conference.
At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, the younger Johnson is about the same size as his dad, who played college ball at Oregon State. He also wants to play like his famous father.
“I want to be flashy, but I also have to make sure I can back it up,” Johnson Jr. told Bleacher Report in July 2018. “Like he did.”
But can he? We are about to find out.
Chad Johnson Jr. Recruiting
When Chad Johnson Jr. became ASU’s first commit of the 2020 recruiting class, according to ESPN, he was playing for Venice High School in Los Angeles, California. He then transferred to Cathedral High School for his senior season.
Throughout the recruiting process, Johnson received several high-profile offers, including from Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Washington, and West Virginia, according to 247Sports.
He decided to take his talents to Tempe, Arizona, to write his own story torching defensive backs at the NCAA level and one day hear his name called at the NFL Draft.
WR Chad Johnson Jr. Highlights
Arizona State wide receiver Chad Johnson Jr. is a good player on his own, but he also has some big shoes and expectations to fill.
Chad Johnson Sr., of course, earned three First-Team All-Pro selections and went to six Pro Bowls with the Cincinnati Bengals.
It’s only a matter of time before his son takes over in college football, and you better believe Dad will have a front-row seat to watch it all.