James Johnson is a new name to most of the recruiting services, but he has been quite a hot commodity amongst schools throughout the country. This weekend he took a visit to Georgia Tech, and left as a brand new Yellow Jacket.
"I committed to Georgia Tech. Tech just has a lot going for them. Their
athletic staff and their players are all really confident about the future. They
also want me as a Wide Receiver and not a defensive back, like all the other
schools want me as. That was a big advantage for them," James Johnson said.
Who else did Johnson consider?
"I had offers from UCF, South Carolina, Connecticut, and Nebraska. I actually
visited UCONN last week, and I had visits to the other three in January, but I'm
not going now. I'm 100% to Georgia Tech."
The 6'0 180 pounder hails from West Orange High School in Winter Garden,
This weekend, he was hosted by a current Jacket player from his hometown.
"Omar Billy was my host. He was really cool and we had a lot in common.
It was helpful to find folks from Orlando in a new place like that."
What set the Jackets apart from the other teams on his list?
"Georgia Tech is just really honest. They have a real nice group of
coaches. Coach Nix is recruiting me, and he's great. Coach Gailey is wonderful.
He really cares about his players."
How does he fit in academically?
"Well, I want to be a computer engineer and Georgia Tech is one of the
best engineering schools in the country."
How did he like Tech's atmosphere?
"Orlando is pretty big, and so is Atlanta. I had never been there, but I
like how the school is in the center of the city. It has a lot to do, and it
will keep me busy."
James watched Georgia Tech practice on Saturday afternoon. What did he think?
"I liked it alot. Reggie Ball is really a calm quarterback. He's really
cool and he keeps them together as a team."
What were his stats last season?
"I can't really recall them right off hand, but I know I had over 1000
all-purpose yards. My coach moved me to running back when they started double
teaming me on the outside. In 2002, I had 20 catches for 200 yards and 8
Johnson has a 3.5GPA and a 19 ACT. He scored an 810 on the SAT as a 10th
grader, but plans to take the test again to see how much he has an improved. He
is a big pick up for Georgia Tech on the offensive side of the football.
Johnson joins A.J. Smith as two players to commit to the Jackets this weekend.
Wide Receiver Commits to Georgia Tech
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