Future Plans for Johnson

UCF's 2009 recruiting class took a hit last year when talented offensive tackle Samuel Johnson fell short of qualifying for the Knights. What are Johnson's plans now? Is UCF still in his future? Find out in this InsideKnights.com exclusive interview.

Last July, UCF landed their 10th commit of the 2009 recruiting class. Samuel Johnson from Cedar Grove H.S. (Ga.) brought the Knights into double-digit verbals, and was supposed to help beef up UCF's offensive line.

However, Johnson was not able to make it to campus because he did not qualify academically. The offensive tackle is now headed westward way in order to become qualified and to continue to hone his football schools.

"Yeah, I'm going to Arizona Western JUCO," Johnson told InsideKnights.com via text message.

The Matadors finished 5-5 last year and should benefit from the presence of the raw but immensely talented Johnson. Heading into a different time zone is something that Johnson is looking forward to.

"It's a different world out that way, [I'm] just looking forward to it."

The Knights lost two big recruits last spring because they failed to qualify academically. Along with Johnson, the team also lost out on receiver Leon Woods. Woods is planning on attending Iowa Western Community College.

However, the Knights apparently are still dedicated to Johnson, who has shown improvement on fixing his grades.

"Yes, at this point they [are] still sticking with me."

While also trying to get his grades up, Johnson must also mend his shoulder, which he dislocated his senior year.

"[My] shoulder is fine. I've just been trying to take it easy on it."

Johnson's future with UCF still remains uncertain, but the Knights are still interested in the talented the 6'5", 260 lb. tackle. InsideKnights.com will continue to keep in touch with Johnson, so stay tuned.

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