Johnson Getting Ready for ACC

2010 Maryland commit Jeremiah Johnson is ready to bring his game to College Park. He talks to TSR's Matt Birchenough about what he is doing this offseason to prepare for next year.

Now that his high school football career is over, Suitland High (Md.) safety Jeremiah Johnson is looking toward his future at Maryland.

“I just talked to Coach [James] Franklin. He told me that he and Coach [Ralph] Friedgen will be a doing a home visit soon,” said the 5-foot-11-inch, 159-pound class of 2010 product.

Johnson said that while the coaching staff has not yet broken down in detail what he should do to prepare for next season, Franklin has offered him some advice for getting ready.

“He was giving me some more tips on gaining weight and things like that, so he's going to help me out with that in the offseason.”

Johnson, however, has taken the initiative in preparing for next season by working out on his own.

“I always want to work on my game when no one is looking, because that's when your fundamentals start to really come to you,” said Johnson. “I've been … doing drills, working on my footwork, my speed, quickness.”

Johnson and his Suitland teammates had a successful season. Though they lost in the first round of the playoffs, Suitland won nine straight games after suffering a loss in their first game.

Johnson also had a productive year individually. He had three interceptions and a forced fumble on defense, and he even contributed on the offensive side of the ball by grabbing 12 receptions and three touchdowns.

For his great season, Johnson was selected to represent the Prince George's County team that took on the best from the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference in the Chick-Fil-A Challenge all-star game. Johnson said he enjoyed the experience.

“Football takes a toll on your body, and mentally as well, and it was good to have a week of football when you just had fun,” Johnson said. “Of course we wanted to win and we went out and worked hard, but at the end of the day it was all fun.”

Johnson is looking forward to joining a Maryland program that struggled on the field this past season. Though the results were not there, Johnson saw positive signs from the team.

“A lot of their losses came in games where I thought they really had them,” said Johnson. “Maryland had a pretty young team… so you saw the fight they had. Not in any one of those games did you see them just lay down and give up. So that's one thing I admire, coming from a school that in the same way never quit no matter what.”

Johnson hopes this attitude can transfer to winning on the field when he starts playing.

“I'm looking to come in and be a part of helping to bring that Maryland tradition back,” said Johnson.

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