MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tyler Johnson is a two-sport standout at Minneapolis North High School. He can play some football and some basketball, and colleges are calling for him to play both.

What makes him so special? He’s a high-end athlete who loves to compete.

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As he walks down the hall at Minneapolis North High School during his senior year, you get the sense that it is his school. But he made his name years ago on the south side of town. He was 9 years old when he first started playing football, with his cousin serving as his coach. At the time, he was also dabbling in baseball and hockey.

On the basketball court, he’s good enough that division colleges are recruiting and offering.

“I have a lot of fun out there,” Johnson said. “One thing that I really want to do coming into high school is going to state, playing at Target Center.”

But he is also a talented athlete and a real playmaker on the football field.

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North High football coach Charles Adams called him among the top that’s ever come out of the school.

“I see not only Saturdays, but I see Sundays in his future,” Adams said.

It is on the football field where he feels the most freedom to create and to be himself.

“I’m going to say I’m very competitive,” Johnson said. “I love winning and I hate losing. Even if it was by three points, I’m still going to yell at my team, ‘That’s not us. We can do better.'”

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The Gophers, Iowa and Oregon are among the teams recruiting him as a probable defensive back or receiver.

Mike Max