Molly Johnson: Q&A Part 3

"I wouldn't say growing up that Kentucky was on the forefront of my mind. In elementary school I wanted (to play for) UCLA. As I started getting older, I changed my thoughts."

Question: How did a star softball player in Arizona ever get to Kentucky to begin with?

Johnson: "That is a good question. During high school our pitcher was being recruited by Kentucky and they saw me then. That is kind of where it started. I came on my visit and just kind of fell in love with the campus, city and state. I committed while I was here, probably not to the likes of Louisville because I had to turn them down. But I loved Kentucky.

"I wouldn't say growing up that Kentucky was on the forefront of my mind. In elementary school I wanted (to play for) UCLA. As I started getting older, I changed my thoughts to where I wanted to go to a program where I could help them rebuild instead of going to a program where they always won and were on top. That kind of helped me fall in love with Kentucky."

Question: Had you even been to Kentucky before you took your official visit here?

Johnson: "I had been to the state before. We had friends that were originally from here, moved to Arizona and moved back. We came back to visit and he took us a short tour of the campus and just drove us around. I loved the green and the horses. I wasn't too familiar with the state, but at least having some kind of idea what I was getting myself into when I came for my visit helped. It was interesting because there was a hurricane going through Houston at the time that delayed our travel plans. But I got enough quality time here to fall in love with it."

Question: Did you really play catcher in high school?

Johnson: "Before I played softball I played baseball. I was one of the only ones on my team — even though I was a girl — that could catch the 12-year-old guys throwing hard. I really grew up as a catcher. I can really play anywhere. Coming to Kentucky, catcher wasn't really in the plans, but when I got here I had to carry my catcher's gear to every place we went. I think I caught two games, but that was it."


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