Monday, December 15, 2003

Recruiting Update - James Johnson

...has committed to the Jackets. He is a 5'11" wide receiver out of Florida. Here is his profile. He also had offers from Nebraska, UConn, South Carolina and UCF. In one ranking, he will listed tehe 15th best player in Central Florida. One thing is obvious - as with basketball, we have to go after the top-student athletes and use our academic offerings to entice these smart kids. Johnson is another kid interested in engineering.

WELCOME to GT Mr.Johnson.

Here is a quote from one article:
West Orange's James Johnson is one of the fastest and smartest players in Orange County. He scored three touchdowns in the Warriors' spring jamboree after running the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds on the track.

This from another article:
Some of the other players scheduled to visit UConn include running back Tyease Thompson of Lakeland, Fla., wide receiver James Johnson of Ocoee, Fla., defensive end John Bedics of Bethlehem, Pa., and running back Justin Forsett of Arlington, Texas.

Johnson goes to the same high school (West Orange) that produced former UConn wide receiver/running back Tory Taylor.

In addition to an offer from UConn, Johnson has scholarship offers from Georgia Tech and Central Florida. He is interested in studying engineering.

"One advantage UConn has is they offered him first," West Orange coach Tim Smith said. "They are really interested in him."

Johnson has run a 10.6 100-yard dash as a member of the track team, Smith said. Johnson's ability to return punts and kickoffs makes him even more appealing to UConn.

"He's going to be a catch," said Smith.