Naval Academy Preparatory School Corner Back Brenndan Johnson committed to UTSA Monday.
“It feels great to be part of this up and coming program,” said Johnson. “I feel like Coach Coker, Coach Popovich and the rest of the coaching staff have UTSA going in the right direction.”
Johnson originally signed with Navy as part of the 2015 recruiting class. Like many Navy signees, he first attended Navy’s prep school in Rhode Island. But after spending one season there, he decided to make a change.
“It wasn’t bad. The football was good,” Johnson said of his time at Navy Prep. “I just knew the military route was something I didn’t want to do.”
Because he was at a prep school, Johnson still has all of his eligibility remaining. He will sign a financial aid agreement in the coming weeks and be on campus at UTSA ready to practice in January.
UTSA and Johnson began talking several months ago. However, Johnson is very familiar with the Roadrunners’ program. Back in 2014, UTSA began recruiting him when he was a Junior at Waco Reicher Catholic HS.
“I liked the direction of the program from talking to the coaches and players back when I visited,” said Johnson.
For his senior year of high school, Johnson played at Waco Midway HS. Before that season, he committed to Navy. But the ups and downs of recruiting saw him lose contact with UTSA.
“I committed to Navy, I was happy but I wasn’t sure it was the perfect fit. When I visited Tulsa, I liked it and I switched. My parents weren’t happy about me de-commiting from Navy. After thinking about it, I switched back to Navy.”
Johnson, who is originally from South Texas, calls Waco home. His parents live there while his grandparents live in Corpus Christi. So the idea of playing in San Antonio was very attractive to him.
“Playing in the Alamodome every home game is a plus,” said Johnson. “The proximity to home (Waco) and where my grandparents are (in Corpus Christi) made UTSA the perfect fit for me.”
Johnson is currently 6’0” and 185lbs. UTSA likes him at CB but he says he has the size and speed (4.41 - 40 time) to play other positions in the secondary. He’s also a candidate to return kicks.
“UTSA likes my length and speed. They know that it will be easy for me to move over to the Free Safety spot if I had too, but they really want me at corner,” said Johnson.
Johnson said he selected UTSA over the likes of Tulsa, Rutgers, Incarnate Word, and Sam Houston State.
He is planning to take his official visit to UTSA next weekend.