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Keirston Johnson: "It Truly is a Family Here"

Syracuse inside linebacker commit Keirston Johnson visited SU for the first time and recaps his trip inside.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Robert E. Lee inside linebacker Keirston Johnson visited Syracuse for the first team between July 19th and 22nd. The Orange pledge said the trip reaffirmed his commitment as he was blown away by everything he saw.

"My visit has been amazing," Johnson said. "I really enjoyed my time with the coaches and enjoyed my time with my future teammates. Everybody's real cool out here. I really love the coaches. They're all real dudes.

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"What stood out the most, right when I came here it felt like a family. It truly is a family here. It's just a great experience."

Keirston had several family members in tow as he checked out everything Syracuse football had to offer. That included both mom and dad, who loved the trip as well. Keirston's mom posted a plethora of pictures from the visit, including one of her with a "Syracuse Mom" t-shirt that she purchased. 

"That means a lot," Johnson said. "My family is everything and they're happy that they see that I'm happy here. They really enjoyed it. They love all the coaches in the area."

During the trip, Johnson was able to bond with the Syracuse coaches on a more personal level. He was able to get to know several members of the staff and says their relationship is as strong as ever. 

"It's been great," Johnson said. "I've been coming in and they're telling me where I fit into the scheme. It's the Tampa 2 defense. They're just saying film of me playing and ones of past games of the scheme that they're running and I how I fit into it."

One of the best aspects of the visit for the talented linebacker was seeing the facilities in person. They blew him away.

"It's amazing," Johnson said. "They're the best facilities I've seen. They've got their own kitchen just for football. It's real cool sit down area with couches and TVs. The indoor (practice facility) is amazing. Real nice.

"They've got two indoors, but the new one is great. They've got a practice field and coach told me they're going to make one of the practice fields grass. It was amazing. I loved it."

Another highlight for Johnson was trying on the Syracuse jersey. It was a moment that solidified, in his mind, that he made the right decision when he committed to the Orange earlier this month. 

"That was the best," Johnson said. "I just knew. I knew this was the place for me and I knew I was meant to be here. I'm so happy God blessed me with this opportunity and I'm going to make the best of it."


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