Johnson talks official visit

Brenndan Johnson was in attendance Saturday night at FedExField in Landover, Mary. to watch the Navy take on Notre Dame. The 6-foot, 176-pound defensive back, out of Midway High School in Waco, Texas, gave his verbal commitment to Navy coaches in August, but wanted to bring his parents with him to the U.S. Naval Academy to be 100-percent certain of his decision and see the Midshipmen in action. caught with Johnson to get his thoughts on the official visit.

"The first thing we did was go to the athletic complex," Johnson said. "We were greeted there by the players and coaches. The bus soon came and we were off to D.C. At the game we got to go out on the sidelines. Then we watched the team play Notre Dame. The game was amazing. You don't think of a military academy having their people going crazy, but it was wild. It was loud the entire game. It was cold but I didn't really feel it because I was so into the game. Everybody was.

"I didn't really have a player-host, but I know a Navy player, Nick Martinez, who's also from Waco, who showed us around when we got to campus. I actually took the full tour of the academy. A moment that really resonated with me on the trip was when we got to try on the jerseys. I really liked the guys I met. Some of them may be my future teammates. Kendel Wright was there. A few others were Ben Schrider, Chris Von Hendrix, Andrew Wood, Breck Turner, Elijah Jones, Jack Onstott. Most of them said they were heavily considering going to Navy. We all became friends over the weekend.

"My mom was a little skeptical about me going to Navy but she gave her approval after the visit. She told me the coaches made her feel very comfortable. She knows I'll be in good hands. The visit really reassured me that the decision I made back in August was the right one. I loved how the team fought all the way and gave one of the best teams in the country a run for their money. My future position coach, Coach Jones, and Coach Green, the defensive coordinator were telling me how excited they were to have me coming in. They said I remind them a lot of a current player, Brendon Clements, and think I have a big future in the program. I do too."

Johnson has been playing the nickelback at Midway this season. He's helped his team, the Panthers, to a 9-0 record with more than 80 tackles and three forced fumbles. Top Stories