Johnson Firm with Clemson

Wide receiver Kendrick Johnson went on the record with a verbal commitment to the Tigers over the weekend.

The 6-1, 175 pound prospect committed to the Clemson coaching staff earlier this summer, but didn't want to make it official until his mother had a chance to tour Clemson by his side.

"Basically, I verbally committed earlier this summer when I camped at Clemson," Johnson told "I had to get my mom to come and see the campus and meet the coaches. I wanted her to see where I would be spending four or five years. I wanted to make sure she was comfortable.

"The whole weekend I talked with Coach Blackwell and Coach Swinney. They showed my mom the school. We had some meals together. The coaches talked a good bit about the opportunity I would have to play early at Clemson," said Johnson.

What impressed the Johnson family the most during their trip?

"My mom was sold on the opportunity to play early," Kendrick said. "The graduation rate at Clemson is incredible. My mom really liked that. She just fell in love with everyone. She loved the coaches she met. When she told me this was the place for me I make everything official."

The star wide out is looking forward to playing for Coach Swinney. "He is great. I love him. He is a great guy to be around. Coach Blackwell is also great. He is my recruiting coach," he said.

"It feels better to have gotten this already behind me. It's nice to take the pressure off. I know this is the place I will be. Now I can tell the other coaches when they call that this is the place I want to be and they can stop calling. I have made my decision."

When asked how firm his commitment is to the Tigers, Johnson responded, "It's solid. I'm going to Clemson."

What about camps? Is he done camping this summer? "There is an LSU camp that I was thinking about attending," he said. "I'm not sure if I will go there or not."

Finally, in another interesting twist, it appears that Kendrick Johnson will be heading back to Coral Springs High School to complete his senior year.

Johnson, who played football at Coral Springs last year, spent the spring at Dillard High.

"I am looking forward to my senior year. Hopefully we can win the state this year. Now that I know where I am going that's all that will be on my mind," hes aid.

"I'm going back to Coral Springs. I played there in the 11th grade and I will play for them again this year. They have changed the offense to open things up a lot. I will have a lot more opportunities to show what I can do." Top Stories