Andrew Johnson makes it official

Super running back recruit Andrew Johnson made Panther fans happy everywhere Tuesday evening, when he made it official that he is going to Pitt. <br><br> Johnson is ranked the #8 running back and the #62 overall prospect in the country per TheInsiders.com.

Family, friends, Panther fans and alumni packed Paparazzi's Restaurant on the South Side Tuesday evening to help Andrew Johnson celebrate his decision to attend the University of Pittsburgh.

Andrew Johnson received 11 scholarship offers from top programs such as Ohio State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Miami and others. Johnson has been raved about in just about every pre-season college football magazine that was released this year. He has been ranked a top 10 running back by almost every recruiting service.

Johnson is an outstanding running back that has fantastic speed, great moves, and excellent hands. He rushed for an amazing 1,700 yards, and 9.7 yards per carry average as a sophomore, despite missing most of three games due to injuries.

After attending the Miami summer camp before his junior year and being selected as the camp MVP at running back, Pitt and Iowa offered Johnson before his junior season.

He also won the WPIAL and PIAA 100 meter dash titles this spring as a junior.

At the Nike Camp he also ran an incredible 4.22 40-yard dash and a 4.11 20-yard shuttle this summer. The 5-11 200lb. Johnson also registered a vertical jump of 36.6 inches.

Johnson is a big recruiting coup for the Panthers coaching staff that only has two running backs on scholarship after this season. Johnson has an excellent chance to play very early in his Panther career and he will also get to play with some nationally rated local prospects who have also selected the Panthers.

A few more are said to be on the way too.

The standout RB rushed for nearly 2,400 yards and 30 TD's at Central Catholic the past two seasons. He transferred in the offseason to North Hills High School.

Johnson will play both offense and defense this season for the first time in his career.

Brian Gold
PittInsiders.com

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