VAUGHT: Johnson happy to be a Wildcat

When William Johnson came to Kentucky in October, he was impressed with UK's win over LSU. However, he was more impressed with what quarterback Andre Woodson and quarterback Keenan Burton told him and Nashville teammate Deaunte Mason after the game.

"I got to talk to the players, meet the coaches and even see some fans. I checked out the facilities and it was a really good environment," Johnson said. "On top of that, it's SEC football and with the team support they have, it's a great spot to play.

"I talked to Andre Woodson, Keenan Burton and a couple of others after the game. Andre and Keenan said great things. They said they had the program going in the right direction and we could come and make it better."

Mason, a quarterback, committed immediately. Johnson, a linebacker-wide receiver at Pearl-Cohn High School, had to wait for his official scholarship offer. When it came, he decided not to see if others schools who kept telling him they were going to eventually offer would or not. He knew he wanted to play for Kentucky.

"Right now they are talking about me putting on 20 to 25 pounds and keeping me at outside linebacker. But there's still a chance I might play wide receiver, or even gain more weight and go to tight end," he said. "I don't care. The coaches know best. I just want to be on the field.

"I was tired of waiting to see what other schools were going to do. Kentucky wants me and that's good enough for me."

Mason's decision to play for Kentucky was an added bonus for Johnson.

"It is going to be nice to have someone I know to play with. But it was not a factor in my decision. It's just a nice bonus that it worked out that way," Johnson said.

Johnson also plays basketball and baseball. He's a catcher-center fielder in baseball and says that could be his best sport.

"But I think once I just concentrate on one sport and add weight, then football will be my best sport by far," he said. "It's hard to know about next year and what might happen. I feel like if I work hard, go in and show the ability I have, then I have a shot to play early. But I am just glad to be going to Kentucky."

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