GIDEL: For Nathaniel Johnson, Kentucky is home

Joker Phillips and the staff at Kentucky has been getting some positive news in regards to the makeup of their future of late. They could receive even more positive news with the addition of another Johnson brother to the team next January.

"Spring ball went real good," Nathaniel 'Skip' Johnson said. "They moved me to Tight End and I really learned the position well and got down all the plays real easy. It looks like I'll be the starting Tight End right now."

Nathaniel is the oldest of the three Johnson brothers, with Christian heading to Kentucky in the fall and Micah, being the most heavily sought after of the bunch.

Nathaniel, however, is not looking for attention at this point, just for an opportunity to head back to Kentucky and play for the Wildcats.

"I haven't really heard from other schools other than Kentucky," Johnson said, "They told me to stay in touch and to keep them updated."

The staff at Kentucky, even if they don't offer, might be garnering his services anyways.

"If I don't get any offers I'm looking to walk-on at Kentucky anyways," Johnson said. "I can leave after this football season (in December) and get there in January."

Johnson's story is a bit strange, but an intruiging one to say the least. The 6-foot-1 athlete went to Southern University in Louisiana as a freshmen, but broke his ankle and only got to participate in spring drills before leaving school.

"I was really not happy there," Johnson said, "I just didn't like it in Louisiana."

He headed to Laney College in California to try and play big-time college football, where his athleticism has been welcomed with open arms. Described as the best athlete of the bunch, Nathaniel wants to get closer to home.

"There's a lot of schools I'd like to attend," Johnson described, "but UK is my number one school. I've always liked their program and me and my brothers grew up watching UK football."

Nathaniel is a 2002 high school graduate, but has confirmed that he would be able to leave Laney in December and enroll early.

"I'm looking forward to it."


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