As soon as the injury was determined, he made a phone call to SJSU Head Coach Ron Caragher.
Said Johnson, “[Caragher] said, ‘Yeah, we’re sticking with you. We trust you. We’re 100 percent with you, so just come back strong.’ I said ‘Alright.’
“This is what also made me want to go there even more than I already did, was that they stuck with me,” Johnson added. “That showed a lot on their part, showing that they still trust me throughout this whole process with my knee so I like that about them.”
InsideTheSpartans.com interviewed the Hanford (Calif.) quarterback earlier this month (see left). Though time has passed his enthusiasm for the blue and gold has not changed.
San Jose State first offered Johnson in June. In late July, Johnson made his decision to commit to the Spartans. He has also been offered by Nevada.
Johnson is one of the most impressive athletes in the Central Valley - not only for football, but for basketball too. He was named the Fresno Bee’s 2015 Player of the year, has two Central Section Titles in both football and basketball, and even led his Hanford High School team to a State CIF Division IV-AA Championship last season. All those accolades were totaled by the end of his junior year.
But his senior campaign lasted only minutes.
“It was the first three plays,” Johnson said. “I was scrambling out of the pocket and my knee and ankle just got wrapped up under me and all my weight just went on it and I got injured… I knew right away, I never felt that before in sports so I knew something was wrong.”
Johnson identified San Jose State’s coaches as the top reason he committed to the Spartans and those coaches stayed true to him despite the injury.
“When I first talked with the San Jose State coaches I obviously had a connection right away so I liked that,” Johnson said. “Also the weather, I love the weather up there because it’s right by the beach. I haven’t talked to any of the players yet, but I liked the football facilities and how their restricted from the campus.
“It’s very comforting - knowing that this injury had happened which was the downfall, but San Jose State sticking with the offer was the uphill of everything.”
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