Florida WR commits to Wildcats

Kentucky picked up a wide receiver commitment from the Sunshine State on Saturday. Read more about the talented prospect in this KyScout update.

Kentucky picked up a wide receiver commitment from the Sunshine State on Saturday.

Three-star Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange wideout Garrett Johnson announced via Twitter that he had given his verbal to the Wildcats.


Moments laters, the UK staff's trademark "#Yahtzee" reply could be found on Twitter signifying a new Wildcat commitment.

"It feels great," Johnson told KyScout. "When I went up there (for a camp visit) I knew it was the place for me. I really wanted to commit while I was up there, but I wanted to make sure I had a chance to talk with my mom about it. She's been researching the school the last couple of weeks, and was very impressed, so I decided it was time to do it."

Johnson (5-10, 170, 4.5), who attended UK's recent Friday Night Blue Lights Camp, had over 1,000 receiving yards as a sophomore and close to 800 as a junior. He was also being recruited by Arizona, Boston College, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Indiana and Northwestern, among others.

"It was really just Kentucky in the end," he said. "They were way up there on my list, on top of everybody."

Asked what set UK apart from the other schools he has been looking into, Johnson said: "It was the vibe all the coaches had, the family feel with them and the players, the recruits who are coming in. It just seemed like a great staff, especially with the relationship I've formed with coach (Chad) Scott. We've really bonded. I love talking to him."

His addition gives Kentucky 22 commitments in the Class of 2014 and four receivers, which was a huge priority for the staff this year. He joins T.V. Williams, Tyre Brady and Thaddeus Snodgrass as commits at the position. Brady, who has attended multiple high schools, remains a question mark due to questions surrounding his eligibility.

"They told me there was a big need for receivers, and that there was a chance to come in and help them early," Johnson said. "And I love the offense they're going to be running. Everything is great for a receiver to go in there next year and do some big things. I'm excited about it."

He's also excited about who may be throwing him passes in the future.

"When I was at the camp, I got to meet Drew Barker and throw with him a little bit," Johnson said. "He's great. He can sling it."

Kentucky continues to pursue several high-profile players at receiver, including Braxton Berrios, Blake Bone, Moral Stephens and Dorian Baker. The position was left razor-thin following the spring with only four scholarship players in the program and four signees from 2013 arriving this summer. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown has stated he would like to have a rotation of at least 10 receivers for his version of the "Air Raid" offense.


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