Johnson Decides; Makes 'Strong' Choice

Saturday was a big day for Charlie Strong's Louisville program. Not only did Louisville land Miami (FL) Southridge four-star prospect Gerod Holliman, the Cardinals also added his talented three-star teammate Andrew Johnson.

Louisville is becoming Miami North.

Not only did Charlie Strong's program land Miami (FL) Southridge four-star prospect Gerod Holliman, who picked the Cardinals over Ole Miss, West Virginia, LSU and Miami during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, the Cardinals also added his talented three-star teammate.

Andrew Johnson, a speedy 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback, also announced his decision to attend Louisville Saturday, following Holliman's lead to play for the Cardinals.

"Louisville was the second team that offered me a scholarship," Johnson told's Jason Hidgon. "They have always been there for me from day one and even when I committed to Ole Miss they kept telling me they had to have me and they always recruited me.

"Coach [Clint] Hurtt never stopped recruiting me to come play at Louisville. I have a strong relationship with the entire coaching staff, Coach [Charlie] Strong, Coach Hurtt and Coach [Vance] Bedford. When they call me they always want to talk to my family and they check on all of us not just me."

Johnson becomes the seventh prospect from Miami to commit to Louisville this year, joining Northwestern stars Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, and Jermaine Reve; Central stars John Miller and Charles Gaines; and Southridge's Holliman.

Andrew Johnson
Johnson, one of the Top 50 cornerbacks in the country, chose Louisville over Ole Miss, West Virginia and Miami. He played in the Nike South Florida All-Star (Miami-Dade/Broward) game Thursday, recording an interception.

Rated one of the Top 100 prospects in Florida, Johnson could help Louisville in the defensive backfield next season as a freshman because of his ball skills and cover ability.

"The only thing he lacks is ideal height," said Geoff Vogt of "He is a quick, physical prospect with good instincts and should have a great career at the next level."

Johnson didn't play much defense as a senior, only playing one series in which he returned an interception 50 yards for a score. Instead, Southridge used Johnson all over the field on offense, and he recorded 2,500 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns while playing wide receiver, quarterback and running back.

As a junior, Johnson established himself as one of the top defensive backs in south Florida, intercepting a Dade County-leading seven interceptions in 2009, running three of those picks back for touchdowns.

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