Patrick Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound, record-setting placekicker from Athens High School in Athens, Alabama, has given a verbal commitment to play football at Vanderbilt after making an official visit last weekend.
Johnson, who did the placekicking for Athens all four years of high school, holds three high school records in the state of Alabama: career points in a season (243), career extra points (198), and consecutive extra points without a miss (99). These records rank 6th, 6th, and 2nd in the nation respectively.
Johnson's longest field goal this past season was 51 yards. In the 1998 season Johnson kicked 62-of-64 extra points, placing him 6th on the all-time Alabama list for extra points in a season.
Johnson, who holds a 4.0 grade point average, was coached in high school by Allen Creasy. He was recently named first-team All-State in Class 5A in Alabama as a placekicker by the Birmingham News.
Johnson could see action as a true freshman, given Vanderbilt's dire need at that position. Walk-on Jimmy Stover, who did much of the placekicking in the 2001 season, has graduated, and freshman scholarship player Lance Garner, who redshirted in 2001 and did not see action, has transferred.