Mom Confirms: Johnson Staying Home

The University of Kentucky has landed arguably the nation's top defensive prospect in the country, as Fort Campbell (Ky.) High School linebacker/running back Micah Johnson committed to Coach Rich Brooks over the weekend.

According to Johnson's mother and contacts inside the athletic department, the Wildcats have landed the state's top player, Micah Johnson out of Fort Campbell (Ky.). WLEX-TV in Lexington originally published the reports this afternoon, confirming the commitment.

Sources told WLEX-18 Sports Reporter, Alan Cutler, that Micah Johnson, a senior defensive end at Fort Campbell High School, has told UK coach Rich Brooks that he plans to become part of the 2006 recruiting class. According to the report, Johnson chose the Wildcats over Georgia and Notre Dame.

"I mean, just them being in-state helps," Johnson recently told Allen Wallace of recently. "I know the coaches very well (at Kentucky). I know the players very well (at Kentucky). I know their football team, and I know they can be good in the future. They have players that make things happen."

Later this afternoon, Kentucky Sports Report's Jim Tirey had this to say to Larry Vaught: "Official word has not been released by Micah because he is still trying to call every coach who recruited him to let them know of his decision," Tirey said. "He apparently does not want to make the official announcement until he has talked to every other coach."

Johnson will join his brother, freshmen offensive lineman Christian Johnson, in playing for the Wildcats. Christian played in 10 games as a true freshmen and was no doubt an instrumental part of the Wildcats landing brother, Micah.

Johnson's mother, Vicki Johnson told Larry Vaught of Kentucky Sports Report; "His heart has been set on Kentucky," Vicki Johnson said. "He's always accepted a challenge and having a chance to play with his brother is also important to him."

That makes four sets of media outlets confirming Johnson's commitment, but one person has yet to confirm the commitment - Micah, himself. will not recognize the commitment as official until Micah Johnson verbally commits himself. That official announcement might not come until the U.S. Army Game in January.

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