Booker T Washington High School (Miami, Fla.) is one of the nation's high school football powers. Syracuse has received a commitment from one of their skill position prospects. Sharod Johnson, a wide receiver in the 2017 class, has committed to the Orange, he tells Scout.
"I like the school," Johnson said. "Growing up, Syracuse was my dream school. I like the coaching staff. Coach Babers, he's a great head coach. He's done a lot with the offense. In the past four years, he had the most yards. I feel like, in the ACC, that's a good place for me.
"I feel like I can go in there and play as a true freshman. I have good communication with the coaches. I just like the staff."
That strong relationship with the coaching staff was a huge reason why Johnson is the newest member of Syracuse's 2017 class. When he told the head coach Dino Babers he was ready to commit, there was excitement on both ends of the phone.
"I had him on the phone and it sounded like he was jumping up and down," Johnson said. "He was very excited about me. He trusts me. He feels like this is the decision that's right and he's ready to get this thing going."
He is the second player to commit to Syracuse in the last two days, joining quarterback Tommy DeVito who pulled the trigger on Saturday. Johnson was previously at Miami Jackson High and will play his first season with Booker this year.
Johnson says his family is behind his decision one-hundred percent. He said he is still willing to take visits to other schools, but is fully committed. He has not visited Syracuse yet, but says he plans to in June.
Listed at 5-foot-10, 165-pounds, Johnson projects as a slot receiver in Syracuse's offense. In his highlight tape, he shows elusiveness, speed and strong hands. He is also an accomplished kick returner.
"I feel like what I can bring to the table is speed, agility, I can catch the ball and run fast," Johnson said. "I'm a good player. I'm respectful. I just think I've got what it takes to be there.
'Me being at Syracuse is a good spot for me. I'm what Syracuse should have right now."
He is the second wide receiver in Syracuse's 2017 class, joining fellow Sunshine State wideout Daewood Davis. Johnson chose Syracuse over offers from Appalachian State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee State and Temple.
Syracuse feels they got a major steal in Johnson. You can view his highlights from his junior season at Miami Jackson in the video at the top of the page.