Kedric Johnson is a Gator

The Florida Gators landed their tenth verbal commitment for the 2009 season when defensive end Kedric Johnson decided to end the speculation.

"I decided to commit to Florida and head coach Urban Meyer on Tuesday night," Kedric Johnson. "My mom and I sat down and came to the conclusion that Florida was the best place for me. My family is very excited and game day in The Swamp is crazy."

Johnson, a 6-4.5, 213-pound athletic speed demon from Palmetto (FL) High School, ended his junior season with 19 sacks and has picked up right where he left off last year.

"Through four games this season, Kedric has 11 sacks and a total of 25 tackles," said head coach Ray Woody who's team is 3-1 on the season.

Coach Woody talked about his star player's ability and what he brings to the table.

"He is a long and lean very rangy player with extremely long arms that has huge upside," Woody said. "He is a player that will develop over time but he can get the edge on anyone in the country. He gives new meaning to the word pass rush specialist. Kedric has very quick feet, great hands and just all the tools to do what he does. The thing that I have been the most impressed with is his ability to play the run. I believe that Kedric has the ability to maintain 240-245-pounds and still possess a cat like quick first step. I mean to tell you is first step off the ball is amazing."

For Johnson the thought of playing defensive end for the Gators is something that he is very excited about and knows that is the strength of his game.

"I love how the Florida defensive ends just go in pass situations," he said. "I think that I will fit in just fine and they told me that they will mold me into the player that they want me to be. My pass rush ability is what I do best but I don't want to be labeled as just a speed guy. I want to be talked about as one determined player and I have been working real hard on becoming more of a balanced player."

For coach Woody the thought of Johnson being a Gator is something that he takes great pride in.

"The Gators are top five in the country as far as academics are concerned and they will always be competing for national titles," he said. "They might not play for one every year but they will be in the mix. Kedric could have gone to Auburn, Clemson, Nebraska, South Carolina or South Florida but he chose the Gators and I couldn't be happier for him."

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