Oregon offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone, a redshirt sophomore from Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona), enters his third season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Johnstone lettered two seasons of varsity football while garnering quite a bit of national praise. As a junior he earned honorable mention accolades at offensive tackle and All-Region first-team honors as a long snapper. As a senior he was honored All-5A Fiesta Region football team as a long snapper and was named to the PrepStar Magazine All-West Region.
He earned a three-star ranking from ESPN and four stars from Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Rivals listed him as the No. 16 OT for the 2011 class and Scout at No. 22. Here’s his high school evaluation by Scout:
“Johnstone is a smart and coachable player and you can see that from his progression as a player last year. He continued to improve from week to week and there was a big difference from week 1 to the state championship. Has the frame desired and will be a giant once he fills out. Has good feet and plays hard on every snap. Typical of most long players, Johnstone needs to add some strength but that will come with hard work.” – Scout
He received scholarship offers from TCU, Stanford, USC, Washington and several other major programs before eventually signing with the Ducks.
In 2011, Johnstone redshirted his first year in Eugene while an active member of the scout team. He earned offensive scout team player of the week honors for the week against Nevada, a game they won 69-20.
In 2012, Johnstone started all 14 games at LT for the Ducks while earning freshman All-American honors. Johnstone was one of two players to start every game on the o-line with the other being C Hroniss Grasu. Johnstone also received Academic All-Pac-12 honors for his work off the field.
Going into next season, Johnstone is expected to once again hold his starting LT job and many sites are projecting a breakout season from the big man. Johnstone being three years removed from high school does does the opportunity to leave for the NFL after next season. CBS Sports has him as the No. 8 OT for the 2016 draft class, but there’s no reason to think he won’t go a year or two early should the opportunity come knocking.