Florida State landed several of the state's best high school players in 2009. The onus for FSU is repeating that feat as the State of Florida is loaded for the 2010 recruiting cycle. One of their top targets is Pahokee standout DeJoshua Johnson, a recruit who is considered to be one of the top playmakers in the entire class. Johnson is one of the state's top wide receiver prospects, as he led his team to the Class 2B state title as a junior. He finished the season with 30 catches for over 500 yards and five scores. He also played quarterback for several games and had just under 500 yards and four touchdown passes.
The electric athlete says that his recruitment is going well at this time and that it is something he's surprised with so far.
"Everything has been going really well so far," said Johnson. "To be honest I am a little surprised with how it has blown up this quickly. Once I got the offer from Florida State I knew something special was going to happen with this. Since then USF, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Rutgers, Georgia, West Virginia, Michigan and N.C. State all have offered me."
Early rumors with Johnson's recruitment have said that the Seminoles are the odds on favorite to land his signature once the 2010 recruiting cycle is complete. DeJoshua says that while he likes the Noles a lot, he also likes some things about some other top programs.
"I went up to camp there last summer," Johnson said, "and it was an experience I really liked. It went very well; the coaches there are really cool and I just had a great time while I was there. I don't know why people keep saying that about FSU (that they are the heavy favorite) to be honest. Maybe it's because I grew up a fan of them? Right now I favor things about FSU, and I favor some things with schools like Tennessee. I've talked to Coach Coley before and I'd really like to go to the Bowden Camp again. FSU is the top school, but I just want to see what else is out there. I know they signed a few receivers this year but I'm not afraid of competition."
While the talented wide receiver isn't ready to name a solid favorite, he did tell NoleDigest that he has an announcement date set up. While it'll be a day of celebration for him and his family, DeJoshua wants to honor a former teammate when he makes his decision.
"I am going to commit early," explained Johnson. "I'll be doing it on September 26th, which is the day my former teammate Norman Griffith was killed last year. Over the next several months I am going to take some visits to Tennessee and Michigan's spring games, and I am going to head up to FSU and to Miami for some visits. I want to visit FSU, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee and Alabama before I make my decision. After I do I'll take just one visit."
Last year DeJoshua made the move to quarterback in order to help the team achieve its goal of winning a state title. He told NoleDigest that he hopes to move back to his natural position in the fall because he's more of a playmaker from that position.
"I'm going to play quarterback in the spring game, but if the transfers can get it done I will move back to receiver after it," said Johnson. "If the team needs me to stay at quarterback I will because I want to help my team win, but I want to play receiver in the fall."
"I feel that I am a very good athlete with my own style of football," continued Johnson on why he wants to play receiver. "I like to talk some on the field, crack jokes and have some fun, but I just get the job done. It helps me with nerves because sometimes I'm nervous. Once I make that first catch or play, I'm ready. I feel that I am threat to make a big play at any time. I love playing football and I am always ready to play. If someone wakes me up at 3am, I'd be ready to go. Now I am just working on my route running and adding weight."
DeJoshua says he'll have his spring and summer plans set over the next month or so. Until then stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track this playmaker's recruitment, as well as the other 2010 targets for FSU.