Profile - Lucas Johnson
San Diego, California quarterback Lucas Johnson originally committed to San Diego State last October. Lucas, however, had dreams of playing in a Power 5 conference and Monday he realized those dreams.
Johnson has always wanted to play in one of the bigger conferences and earlier this month he visited a school in one of those conferences. Lucas loved his visit to Georgia Tech on January 15th as well as the offense. He liked their offense because of his familiarity with the offense. “It really got me thinking about my commitment to San Diego State.
Monday Georgia Tech coaches Paul Johnson and Bryan Cook traveled west to visit Lucas. As soon as they got here, I told them I wanted to commit.” The commit set the tone for the visit. “My mom likes them and she is comfortable with me being in Atlanta because of the coaches at Georgia Tech.”
Both coaches, Johnson and Cook, feel that Lucas has the perfect build for the offense they run. Lucas used to be a running back in his Pop Warner days. Even though he wanted to be an NFL running back like his dad Lucas Johnson. Lucas knew that the quarterback position was a perfect fit for him due to him pitching through his baseball days. “They want me to come in and compete for the job when Justin Thomas leaves. I feel the quarterback position will be a battle of who wants it the most. And I know we will all support whomever wins the job.”
Lucas is confident that he can run the Tech offense. He also feels comfortable running the ball and taking the hits that are a part of the position. Lucas has worked with former Oregon quarterback and San Diego native, Akili Smith. “He worked with me on going through the quarterback progressions, my footwork and my mechanics. I think his help made me a better quarterback.”
Now that the football season is over, Lucas is staying in shape as the starting shooting guard on his high school team. This spring he will be running the 200 and 400 meters on the track team as well as the 4 by 100 and the 4 by 400 events.
Now that he’s made his decision, Lucas feels relieved. “I will be in Atlanta for the next four or five years. I really like it out there.” The toughest part about his decision was telling the San Diego coaches. “My parents feel this is the one time I had to be selfish and make the decision that is best for me.” The San Diego coaches understood his position. "I couldn't not go to Georgia Tech and not personally inform them of my switch and why, that's not how I work."
Lucas will report to Tech in June. “I am very excited about the next chapter in my life. Atlanta is a great place and Tech is the school for me.”