Gator Commitment Had a Great Visit

Kedric Johnson had a monster year on the field. The defensive end from Palmetto had more than 60 tackles, 24 sacks, an interception return for a 40-yard touchdown, two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries in 11 games this season. Saturday he visited Gainesville for his official visit to the University of Florida. He came away reassured that Florida was the place for him.

There was nothing that Kedric Johnson didn't like about his visit to Gainesville. From the campus, to the people, to the program itself, He knows he made the right decision to become a Gator.

"My weekend went very well," Johnson said. "I had a great time. I fit in and that is what I was looking for. I fit with everyone on the team and the coaches. I love the style of play of the defense, the coaches, I can relate to them all. I love the family environment and what I am used to back home. I feel like I fit in perfect."

Johnson was hosted on his visit by a familiar face. Sophomore starting defensive tackle Terron Sanders has been to see Johnson a few times on trips back home.

"Terron Sanders was my host and real cool," Johnson said. "He's my home boy from Manatee County, He came down and went to my games and my practices sometimes, so he made me feel right at home up there."

Johnson also got a better feel for his position coach at the next level. Coach Dan McCarney has earned his stripes in this championship season and Johnson cannot wait to be coached by McCarney.

"I talked to Coach McCarney a lot over the weekend," Johnson said. "I love him. He's a real nice guy. He takes the time to teach techniques and make sure you know what you are doing. I love his style of coaching and he is high energy. That is what it is like back home."

He got to watch his future teammates in action. Florida doesn't have a single senior on the entire defensive roster, so Johnson knows what he is getting into when he shows up to school in June.

"We saw the end of practice, the 1's versus the 2's," he said. "The offense and defense were getting after it. The competition was big time. It really stood out how hard they work. Everyone had a really big time work ethic."

Palmetto had a great year going 8-2 before eventually losing in the first round of the playoffs. Kedric Johnson was a big part of that. He looks to play the Fox defensive end position when he arrives on campus and knows that it will take a lot of work.

"Gator fans can expect that I will work my butt off," he said. I promise them I will work hard. I am going to do to get into that rotation. I will work hard in the classroom and do what the coaches and advisors tell me to do. I just want to have a great experience at Florida. Currently I am 6-4 and 208 pounds and want to weigh 225 when I get there."

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