“My season was wonderful,” Tyreke Johnson said as he was just hanging out while others were trying out for the big time Pro Impact 7-on-7 squad on Jacksonville’s Westside. “We ended up losing three games, but we got the big prize… four state championships. It’s just another day at the office.”
He’s garnered big time praise for a few years now, but he knows this senior season is the one he has been waiting on and the one that will propel him off to his college destination.
“It’s going to be the big one,” he said. “I’ve been waiting a while for. I plan on staying here with team and just getting better. We moved up classification, so that means we’ll have to play harder teams. I’m ready to take on a bigger role and play ball.”
His plan is to focus on his team. Most players of his ability like to get out a lot during the spring and summer before their senior year and check out a lot of schools. Johnson plans on spending most of that time making sure his team is ready for the big year.
“I know I’m going all the way out there to California… I know that,” he said when asked how far he might travel to visit schools. “I’m just saying there are no off-weekends. The off-weekends without the team I will be working one-on-one with the guys because we have to get better. We have a big task to accomplish. We want to win State in 5-A this year and want to be the first state in Florida to win five in a row.”
His recruitment is wide open at the moment. He won’t list favorites.
“It’s all the way open, 100%,” he said. “To be honest I can’t even tell you right now. I am just focused on this season. I’m not worried about recruiting, just worried about my team. Now I am worried about 7-on-7 and get my team to a national champion.”
He says the Florida Gators are a team that is recruiting him hard and he is listening. The 6-foot-1, 184 pounder is a great fit at corner with his physical play and he understands the history and tradition behind the program and defensive back coach Torrian Gray.
“They are telling me to come be a three year starter,” he said of the Gators. “They think I have the potential to be a three-and-out guy and make an immediate impact. Coach Skipper and Coach Gray
“Coach Gray is one of the guys that has the respect and title in history and facts… they call him a DB guru, knowing with the Fullers and stuff what he did at Virginia Tech, it’s amazing.”
He likes the style and swagger that the Gator DB’s play with.
“They’re very fast and play with a chip on their shoulder,” he said of the recent first rounders that have come through Gainesville. “They play with a lot of swagger, especially with Chauncey Gardner back there. He brings a whole new dimension to the team.
“It means that they’re doing the right thing and producing.”
He plans on graduating from TC in December which will allow him to enroll in the school of his choice in January. But getting him to commit until December likely isn’t going to happen.
“I think it will ride to the end,” he said. “I’m not worried about that right now. I will be enrolling early at the University I plan on attending.”