Brenndan Johnson: Ready to do big things

Defensive back Brenddan Johnson of Midway High School in Waco, Texas, signed with the United States Naval Academy on February 4. Look inside for a photo and quotes from Johnson.

The 5-foot-11.5, 175-pound safety, who developed a reputation in McLennan County for his willingness to go into the box and make a big hit, committed to Navy's Mick Yokitis on Wednesday, July 30th, the first day of the Midshipmen's pre-season camp. He took an official visit to Tulsa in January and decommitted from Navy, but had a change of heart and rejoined the Midshipmen class on National Signing Day.

"As a football program, (Navy) is doing things that they haven't done in a long time. The staff has been very successful. I started thinking about the military aspect of it and I wouldn't mind doing it at all to receive the quality of education I'll be getting in Annapolis."

As a senior in 2014, Johnson had 83 tackles, three forced fumbles, five quarterback hurries, and one pass deflection. He was named Second Team All-District and First Team Academic All-District in his first year at Midway.

"(Coach Yo) mentioned being impressed with my ball skills and how easily I made plays all over the field. They also really liked my speed and versatility.

"I have an uncle in the military. I saw all of the positive changes it made in his life. I think the Navy-Army game is one of the better rivalry games in the country. I love all of the tradition. I've been keeping up with Navy football for awhile and let them know I was interested after watching the Armed Forces Bowl win over Middle Tennessee State (in 2013)."

Johnson began his playing career at Reicher Catholic High School, also in Waco. He held additional offers from Abilene Christian, Air Force, Army, Colgate, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Illinois, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, and UTSA. The son of DeeDee and Tony Brown, Johnson has a younger brother, Jahden Brown. He'll start out this summer at NAPS.

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