Johnson learning from Jameis

DeAndre Johnson made a very, very early commitment to Florida State and he still couldn't be happier with his choice. The 2015 quarterback of Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast has been improving his craft and getting some help from a guy who is where Johnson hopes to be – FSU quarterback Jameis Winston.

DeAndre Johnson lead his Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast team to a district title win over fellow Jacksonville rival Sandalwood Friday night. Johnson said it was great to get that win and to match up against fellow FSU commits in Kain Daub and Blake McClain.

"It's very excited to get that district title, especially against Sandalwood. We've known these guys for a couple of years now, I actually grew up with some of the guys on that team, so it was very emotional for me to go out and compete with the guys I used to play with and my fellow Florida State commits," he said.

Johnson's pledge to Florida State has only gotten stronger over the last year. The future Seminoles quarterback has built a unique bond with the current Seminoles signal-caller, Jameis Winston.

"I saw Jameis when he first got there two years ago, and we just clicked. We talk pretty much every week, he gives me advice. I can see why Florida State is having the success that they are with Jameis. He's a hard worker," Johnson said.

"He treats me like a little brother. He introduced me to his family, his mother, his father."

Not only have the two become good friends, Johnson has been able to learn a lot fro Winston about the quarterback position, and he's seen his own game improve because of it.

"He tells me what to do, how to control the game, manage the game and down and distance, as well as knowing where to go with the ball, where to keep my eyes, and staying in the pocket a little bit longer," he said.

"I feel (I've improved) a lot, especially mentally. I'm understanding the game a lot better, I'm controlling it, I'm getting the defense to do what I want it to do and I'm just resting in it, like a surgeon."

It means a lot to Johnson to have such a special bond with Winston, a guy who is where Johnson hopes to be in a couple years.

"I take a lot from that. I consider myself truly blessed. God has had tremendous favor on my life and I give Him all the glory for that," he said.

Johnson has visited Florida State several times this season and couldn't be more impressed with how the team looks this year. He'll continue to harness his craft – with the guidance of Winston – and work on leading his team to a state title this year.


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