Signee Spotlight: Johnson felt like priority

Royal Palm Beach offensive tackle Fredrick Johnson visited Florida on the last week of the recruiting cycle favoring the Miami Hurricanes. By the time he left Gainesville that weekend he had already publically committed to the Gators.

The fact is when Fredrick Johnson visited Florida a week after his official visit to Miami; he got a totally different feel for things.

“I felt like I was not a priority there,” he said of his Miami trip. “I felt a vibe there that I didn’t like. I felt a vibe that one particular coach was dealing with me because he had to. I didn’t like the heart there so I had to go and do what I had to do.”

He didn’t know what to expect when he visited Florida that weekend. The Gators were a program he liked after they offered in December, but he needed to visit and get a real feel.

“It changed from wondering where I was going to go and what all these schools have to offer me, to I found my home and now it was time to go get work in and get ready for the season,” he said of his time on his visit in Gainesville. “I chose Florida because of the presence of the school, the fans, the team chemistry, the direction of the program, the coaching staff… everybody is on the same page and it is an amazing environment for an athlete to get into.”

One thing Johnson learned in the couple of months before signing day was the kind of job that offensive line coach Mike Summers did with the group under his watch in 2014. Most that paid close attention to Florida football would tell you that Summers did the best job of any assistant on the staff with all the injuries and movement he had to do on the line.

“Coach Summers is an awesome dude and a funny guy,” Johnson said. “I feel like he is a great coach and not the type to yell at you, but really work with your craft.”

As a player and person, Johnson believes he will be someone Gator fans will be proud of during his time on campus at Florida.

“I bring relentless effort,” he said. “I don’t care who is in front of me I will go as hard as I can. I bring the run blocking and pass blocking… the physical end-game that I have is indescribable. I love football.

“I am a guy that will laugh and joke with you off the field. I wouldn’t be the serious person all the time. There is a time and place for everything, once I step into that weight room or locker room it is strictly business, but I am actually a nice guy.”

With the huge need for offensive linemen in the class Johnson knows he is still going to have to work hard to get on the field. In fact the number one tackle in the country also signed with the Gators in Apopka’s Martez Ivey. He knows of Ivey, but doesn’t really know him personally. The ranking won’t deter Johnson.

“All I know is that he is the number one lineman in the country, so I might as well go against him,” Johnson said of Ivey. “I want to start, I am going to start, I have to start. I will compete for the starting position. The opportunity (at Florida) was a major part of my decision.”

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