Ready for the next step

SPARTANBURG - Defensive back commitment Jadar Johnson is finished with high school and looks forward to moving on to the next level.

S Jadar Johnson Profile

Before he enrolls at Clemson, Johnson will play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. He spoke with CUTigers earlier this week, following one of the Shrine Bowl practices at Spartanburg High School.

A month from now, he will officially be a freshman at Clemson.

"It's exciting. I'm just ready to get up there and start with what I'm trying to do. I'm ready to go up there and workout," Johnson said.

Much to his surprise, Johnson learned earlier this week that Charlie Harbison will not be his position coach at Clemson.

"I officially heard about it [Sunday] night," Johnson said. "I heard about it going around since last week. Coach [Marion] Hobby called me [Sunday] night and confirmed it.

"I felt kind of funny at first. When I was going to Clemson, that's who I was talking to about would I be playing, how much playing time I would be getting. I was expecting him to be my coach."

Regardless, his pledge to Clemson remains firm.

"Since he's gone, I made a commitment to Clemson, not a commitment to him," Johnson said. "I'm going to still go up there. I'm still solid. I'm going to go up there and do whatever they ask me to do."

That perspective has allowed him to focus on this week's Shrine Bowl workouts.

"It's good. Everybody out here is really on my level," Johnson said. "A lot of people are faster and stronger than me, so it gives me a lot of competition. It makes me push myself even harder."

He added, "There were two people that I wanted to go up against. That's Tramel Terry and Mykal Moody. They're quick. I'm trying to work on my footwork and see what I can do with a quick receiver." Top Stories