Would you believe that one of the biggest reasons that Vince Johnson decided to stay close to home and commit to California was being able to terrify 15-year olds?
Johnson -- a 6-foot-5, 257-pound offensive lineman for Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers -- has a sister, Kendall, who is two and a half years younger than him. Being able to stay close to home -- just an hour and a half drive away in Berkeley -- to play college football means that any time young Kendall has a date, big brother can be right there, casting a lengthy shadow in the background when the young gentlemen come calling.
"She won't be going out with any guys that I won't approve of," Johnson says. "She's my best friend. She takes care of me, and I take care of her. We don't let anything bad happen to each other. My father's always preaching to me that blood is thicker than water, so it's going to be great that I'm close, and that played a huge part in my decision."
The proximity of Berkeley as compared with Johnson's previous destination -- Iowa State -- was one of the biggest factors in his decision to flip commitments on Wednesday, immediately following an unofficial visit to Cal on Tuesday, when he told the coaches he had already made his choice.
"That's one of the things that I'm so happy for, because I have a younger sister at home, who I love to death," Johnson says. "She is my best friend, and I'll only be an hour-and-a-half drive away from her, if she ever needs me. It's a lot easier than having to drive 40 minutes to Des Moines and get on two planes to get to Sacramento ... That was one of the biggest factors that played into my decision. I think being close to home is going to be great. My family is going to be able to come out to games, close friends, my coaches will be able to see practices once in a while, so I'm very glad that I'm going to be able to be closer to home."
Of course, Johnson readily admits that he still needs to get even bigger -- not just to cast a larger shadow on any of his sister's suitors, but also to be an effective offensive lineman at the next level.
"Oh, completely, completely," Johnson says. "I was asking my head coach a question today, and he said that's pretty much on me. Going to Cal, I know that I have to live in the weight room. During the course of the week, I know the weight room is where I'm going to be living, because I want to play early, and play often. That's one of my goals. It's in my hands. If I get bigger, stronger and faster, I know that I'll be able to play for a team in the Pac-12, which is big. It's about wanting to work, and I know that I want to work, and I will hit the weight room every day for as long as I can, and get bigger, just trying to get my team a win."
Stay tuned for more on Johnson's commitment from the man himself!
Ryan Gorcey publishes Cal Sports Digest and writes about Major League Baseball for FOXSportsNEXT. Follow him on Twitter @RGBearTerritory.
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