DE/LB Willie Johnson commits to Louisville

ITV visits with Johnson, who is the third player from traditional power Tallahassee Lincoln High School to choose U of L.

DE/LB Willie Johnson becomes a Cardinal

With the commitment of Willie Johnson, new head coach Bobby Petrino has landed three players from Florida power Lincoln High School in Tallahassee. The previous two commitments from Lincoln are punter Brent Moody and receiver Todd Brigman.

"During my flight back from my visit, I thought about it and made my decision to go to Louisville," said Johnson. "I called Coach Petrino and told him and he said that it was great to hear and that he looks forward to me getting there in August."

As a senior, Johnson recorded 56 tackles, including 12 sacks and 19 for a loss. He also forced three fumbles and had two fumble recoveries.

Just like Moody and Brigman, Johnson also received numerous post-season honors. He was named 1st team All-District, 1st team All-Conference and 3rd team All-State.

While in Louisville, Johnson (6'2, 200) enjoyed attending the Cardinals basketball against Saint Louis.

"I really enjoyed the basketball game and the crowd," explained Johnson to "Being the only team in town they get all the attention. During the game, someone even asked me for my autograph, so I gave it to him. Now he all ready has it before I even become a star at Louisville."

"I loved the facilities there," continued Johnson. I like the attention that the student-athletes receive. The one on one attention you get and graduation percentage, especially with engineering, which is what I plan on taking."

Johnson also considered offers from South Florida, Southern Miss and Iowa.

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