Military Movement

After several moves in a short time span, the Johnson family might have finally found a home in Kentucky. As young son Micah currently dominates the state's high school ranks, it is older son, Christian that has permantly decided to enter into the hearts of the Wildcat faithful forever - making a verbal commitment to Rich Brooks and the staff, Monday.

"Yes sir, I made a verbal commitment to Kentucky," Christian Johnson told Inside Kentucky. "I verbally committed on Sunday and then I confirmed it on Monday."

So after attending Hargrave Military Academy and being from Virginia, what made the star offensive lineman choose Kentucky?

"My dad's in the military and I used to live in Kentucky, from 1994-1998," Johnson explained. "They used to have a running back from there by the name of Derek Homer. We followed him in Fort Campbell and I've always wanted to go there."

Johnson, whose family had been re-located to Virginia and Hawaii, has since moved back to Fort Campbell.

"When my family moved back to Fort Campbell," Christian Johnson explained. "My brother and I started working out a lot at the high school. The coach up there referred me to Joker Phillips and told him I was a hard worker and he needed to check me out."

"Then Kentucky came to our combine and offered me and so I jumped on it."

At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Johnson is everything the Cats need and more on the offensive line. A guard with a fierce work ethic and tremendous heart, he'll be a force upon arrival into Lexington.

"I know the SEC's very competitive," Johnson explained. "I'm an aggressive player and a tough player. I hope to just bring that attitude to the team and help them out as best as I can."

And possibly bring some of the military background to Kentucky. A trademark of not only his family, but of Hargrave.

"They've really opened me up," Johnson said on his time at Hargrave. "Before, I came to Hargrave, I had been told, but I had never really been taught. Hargrave taught me the basics and have really helped my technique and told me the things I needed to know to become a better player."

Johnson was actually placed into Hargrave Military Academy by the University of Virginia and Maryland. In addition to the Terps and Cavs interest, Johnson was recruited by Marshall, Cincinnati, UConn and Southern Illinois.

Johnson is expected to be fully qualified after having pulled his grades up after a tough start. He's expected to take the SAT in January.

"Before my senior year, my grades were horrible in high school," Johnson described. "But this year I got a 3.1 and a 3.2 this past quarter."

Johnson has an official visit scheduled to Cincinnati on the 7th of January. Asked if the visit will change his mind on Kentucky: "Nah, I wouldn't say that. I've got an official visit to Kentucky on the 14th," Johnson said. "I'm real excited about that."

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