Intro: Lemond Johnson talks offers
"Boston College and Vanderbilt offered me in the same week right after the season ended," said Lemond Johnson. ""Then USF and UCF came in with offers a few weeks after that. I've been hearing from schools all over the country, but South Carolina, Miami, and FSU have all stopped by my school."
Boston College was Johnson's first offer and after he received it he immediately began researching what the program had to offer. He's also hoping to find out more on Vanderbilt as he begins his recruiting journey.
"It was Wesley McGriff who came by my school to see me," Johnson explained. "He told me they thought I looked good on film. They were at some of my games [this season] and liked how I played quarterback and wide receiver. Then he said they would like to offer me a scholarship. I'd like to make a few visits up there and do more research on the program."
Originally from the Raleigh, N.C. area, Johnson started his high school career at Garner Magnet High School. He started there his freshman and sophomore seasons before moving to South Florida. Johnson was doing big things at Cooper City in his first year with the Cowboys, but was sidelined with an injury at the mid-way point in the season.
"At the beginning I was sharing time at quarterback, and playing wide receiver and defensive back," Johnson said. "Against West Broward, I had a three touchdown game. In the sixth game of the season I broke my fibula while playing quarterback. It kept me out until our last playoff game where I went in at just wide receiver. It's doing well now, and I'm feeling a lot better on it."
Copper City's final game came in the 2nd round of the 7A state playoffs against south Florida powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas, a team they had beaten in the regular season, to finish 10-2.
Johnson hopes get "bigger and better" in the off-season while boning up on information on prospective universities.
"I'm going to condition and try to get stronger and faster and work on my technique," said Johnson. "I think my leg's doing well enough so I can run track in the spring.
"When I research a college I first look at academics. I know I want to study Business, so I see what kind of Business School they have. I'm into the fans and how much they support the team. I'm also looking at the coaching staff and the facilities. I'd be very willing to leave the state if I find the right program."
Johnson made All-Conference in his first two seasons at Garner Magnet. Being out the latter half of the season may hurt him in Florida 7A post-season honors this year. He plans on doing much of the same as a senior at Cooper City with seeing time at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back.
Johnson reports a 3.3 GPA and plans on graduating early next year. He wears No. 3 for the Cowboys coached by Art Taylor.
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