Pleasant Grove QB Johnson named Gazette’s Offensive Player of Year

Pleasant Grove quarterback Ahkari Johnson looks to make a play during a game this season. Johnson, who was named the Texarkana Gazette's Offensive Player of the Year for 2022, had more than 2,500 total yards and 33 touchdowns this year. (Photo by Kevin Sutton/TXKSports.com)
Pleasant Grove quarterback Ahkari Johnson looks to make a play during a game this season. Johnson, who was named the Texarkana Gazette's Offensive Player of the Year for 2022, had more than 2,500 total yards and 33 touchdowns this year. (Photo by Kevin Sutton/TXKSports.com)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Pleasant Grove quarterback Ahkhari Johnson bounced back in a big way after missing much of the 2021 season because of an injury and has been named the Texarkana Gazette's Offensive Player of the Year on the All-Texarkana Football Team.

The elite squad, which was announced Sunday, is selected by the Texarkana Gazette sports department.

Johnson's comeback story also earned him co-Offensive MVP honors on the 7-4A All-District team and nothing but praise from head football coach and Athletic Director Josh Gibson.

"Ahkhari is one of the best athletes I've ever coached and is one of the best in the state of Texas," Gibson said.

Indeed.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound quarterback is ranked in the state's Top 80 in all positions and Top 5 in his position.

He had an incredible season for the Hawks, where he finished with more than 2,500 all-purpose yards and 33 touchdowns. He threw for 1,710 yards, 21 touchdowns, only 3 interceptions and rushed for 856 yards and 12 scores on 117 attempts.

"When it comes to passing, he's very efficient and a great passer and is equally as dangerous with his legs," Gibson said. "I think his stock is going to continue going up in big ways because he missed so much of his sophomore year due to injuries."

Johnson already has four offers, including Texas Tech, SMU, UTSA and Austin Peay, and Gibson believes that list will only grow going forward.

"He has been recruited in four different positions -- at quarterback, running back, safety and corner," Gibson said. "That just lets you know how great of an athlete he truly is."