4-star OL: Miami's still Miami

Four-star offensive lineman Jermaine Johnson committed to Miami recently and learned of the news about former offensive coordinator Patrick Nix getting fired last night. Read on to see Johnson's response, the status of his academic progress, his thoughts on another key Miami recruit, and more.

"I heard about Coach Nix and I was like, 'Wow,' because I didn't expect that," Jermaine Johnson said after learning that Miami offensive coordinator Patrick Nix was fired on Monday night. "That's crazy because when I met him and talked to him, he seemed like a great guy. But it's all part of the business. You gotta produce."

Johnson, 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, was committed to Auburn for awhile and saw the same thing happen with their offensive coordinator earlier this season.

"Auburn got rid of Tony Franklin and look how that turned out," he said. "Nothing was worse than Auburn's offense and they got even worse it seemed like when they got rid of him. I think it's good Miami let Coach Nix finish out the season. Now they'll go out and hopefully get a good replacement to come in and get the offense going."

Johnson believes Miami is on the verge of having an explosive offense.

"They were scoring some points," he said. "They were just real young with the freshman quarterback and all those freshmen receivers. I think they're gonna get a lot better. As for the new offensive coach, Miami's Miami. Whoever they get, I'm sure he'll come in and do good."

It seems like the news isn't going to have any negative impact on Johnson's decision to become a Hurricane.

"Are you kidding me," he said when asked that. "Miami is the ___. Who wouldn't wanna go there? We're gonna be winning national championships and having fun doing it."

In the meantime, Johnson is still waiting to hear back from the NCAA Clearinghouse on whether or not he'll be able to start school at Miami next month or not.

"I'm still waiting," he said. "It's on them. Coach Stoutland told me that he'd let me know right away. Hopefully I get in but if not, I'm already scheduled to take the test again on February 7th as a backup plan. I'm real close so I'm pretty confident I'll be good to go."

Johnson was one of three official visitors to Miami two weekends ago, as he was joined by fellow OL commitment Brandon Washington and five-star defensive tackle prospect William Campbell.

"I'm still hoping that Big Will comes down here with us," he said. "I know he really liked it and should be announcing soon what he's gonna do. I'm really hoping it's Miami."

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