PEARLAND, TX – “If you respect people, then they’ll respect you.”
Kalen Johnson has plenty of respect as the starting quarterback for the Pearland High School Oilers.
Pearland High School head football coach Tony Heath says, “Willing to work and willing to pay the price and willing to sacrifice. results come from it and people see that on the football as well as in the class room.”
That’s why the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior is our Class Act of the Week.
Johnson says, “I took my PSAT last year and I was in the top 3 percent of African-Americans for PSAT score.”
Heath adds, “He’s a guy that’s willing to take coaching, willing to take somebody pushing him because he wants to be the best he can be.”
Johnson is having a stellar senior season on the field. He’s completing 67 percent of his passes and has accounted for 12 touchdowns of the year.
More importantly, his Oilers are a perfect 7-0 and eyeing another state championship.
But don’t think he’s not putting the same type of effort in his school work where Johnson is a National Achievement Scholar.
Johnson says, “Everything I do, my parents instilled in me, don’t do anything halfway. If you’re going to do it, then put maximum effort into it.”
Heath adds, “He has great work ethic. He’s always committed to strive further. He knows today is not the answer. He knows it comes tomorrow, but he’s got a plan for tomorrow.”
That plan includes college, where he hopes he can continue playing football. He’s looking at several schools including Baylor, Rice, Univeristy of Houston, North Texas, SMU and Howard.
“My eventual goal, I want to do something in business. I’m not exactly sure yet. Maybe accounting, maybe management information, something like that, but I know I want to do something in business.”
That would makes sense since Johnson is already all business.
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