The 10th Commit Speaks Up

Last year, it took the Knights most of the season to accumulate 10 commitments. Fall camp hasn't even begun yet and UCF has just broke double-digits, receiving a verbal commitment from offensive tackle, Samuel Johnson. The Knights are thrilled to have the talented big man on board and the feeling is mutual. See what Johnson had to say to InsideKnights.com about being a Knight.

The Knights picked up commitment number 10 yesterday, adding Samuel Johnson to their impressive list of verbal agreements. Johnson is an extremely athletic offensive tackle who has loads of potential and could be one of the steals of UCF's recruiting class. The Knights are excited to have Johnson and he loves the prospect of being a Knight.

"I feel like I have a good chance to make something of myself," Johnson told InsideKnights.com. "I was watching the draft this year and UCF had more players go pro than most Georgia teams. I want to get to the league but first things first, I want to go to school and graduate."

Johnson attends Cedar Grove H.S. in Georgia, and definitely likes the pipeline UCF is building to the pros, but there are many other aspects that also attracted Johnson to UCF. The main reason though he decided to commit to UCF was that the Knights had impressive coaches and that the program stayed committed to him.

"UCF was recruiting me longer than anyone else. I talk a lot to Coach Kelly and I've talked to Coach O'Leary too. Things are turning out good there so far and they have good coaches."

Like many other recruits who have decided that Orlando will be their city to play college ball in, Johnson has loved UCF's coaches.

"Coach Kelly is a good dude. Coach O'Leary is a good coach and seems to make the right decisions on when a guy is ready to come and play."

Johnson has yet to visit UCF, but he was blown away with the pictures he saw online.

"I haven't been there just yet, but from what I've seen it's a real nice campus. They are going to send me to a game later this year, and I am looking forward to that."

The Knights will still have to keep up their recruiting efforts with Johnson, as he has numerous suitors and says still might take other visits, although he is very pleased with his decision to attend UCF. ECU, USF, Western Kentucky, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Mississippi St. and Marshall had all offered Johnson, but the Knights ultimately had too many advantages for Johnson to pass up.

Johnson called UCF early Wednesday morning and announced his decision to commit. It was a bit of a surprise for UCF, but the team is happy to have a player like Johnson. At 6'5", 260 lbs, Johnson is an athletic lineman who can play both defense and offense.

"I can play end or defensive tackle, but UCF is recruiting me to play tackle. I prefer to play offensive tackle though, it's where I play best at. UCF likes me there and I think I can fit into their system real well."

Having run a 4.79 40-yard dash, Johnson has more than enough speed for a tackle, but he would like to improve on some aspects of his game.

"I've been lifting hard this summer. I list weight after wrestling season." Johnson went to state as a wrestler at Cedar Groves and is now looking to beef up. "I want to increase my weight a little. I'd also like to refine my technique."

Taking the SAT next month, Johnson describes himself as a determined player, on and off the field. "I've been preparing real hard for it. I would say my best asset is that I'm basically determined to get it done."

With Johnson committed to UCF, the Knights have another agile, physical and bright young man to add to the mix. Johnson says he is excited to be a Knight and UCF is excited to have him; seems like a perfect match.


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