Born in Safford, Ariz., ... parents are Robert Johnson and Julie Johnson ... served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Russia Novosibirsk (Siberia) from June 2004-2006 ... older brother Elliott plays for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' AA club, starting on the all-star team ... Leon was drafted three times by the Devil Rays, the 41st round in 2003, the 45th round in 2005 and the 29th round in 2006 ... has clocked a 6.36 in the 60-yard dash and a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash ... played for the Lake Michigan Breakers an, a summer traqveling team in Indiana ... wants to major in accounting.
At Thatcher High he was a member of the Super 50 All-Star Team (1A-5A), 2A Athlete of the Year and first-team all-state ... was first-team all region in baseball, basketball and football and first team all-conference ... three-time most valuable pitcher on his team ... MVP and athlete of the year ... set school record with a .667 batting average ... state champion in the 100 meters ... made the state all-tournament in basketball ... honored by the College Foundation National Football Hall of Fame ... lettered in baseball, football, basketball, and track ... team was two-time state champion in football and two-time state runner-up in basketball ... coached by Don Conrad ... participated in drama, show choir and was student-body vice president ... was senior student of the year.
In 2004 he played for Jim Bagnal at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher where he was selected as student athlete of the year, a Distinguished Academic All-American and graduated with highest honors as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Dean's List ... was team MVP, athlete of the year, first team all-conference, first-team all-region and an All-American ... set the school record with a .434 batting average ... offered a full-ride football scholarship.
Year Avg. G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB-SBA
2004 .434 - 182 - 79 - 7 - - - - - 41
2007 .248 54-53 218 42 54 5 0 5 20 74 26 38 29-37
Drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago Cubs ... set conference sophomore record for stolen bases, all games 29 and league games, 10 ... hit a walk-off homer in a 5-4 victory over Utah ... named Scholar Athletes by the BYU Student Athlete Academic Center.