Johnson To Transfer

In a brief statement from WVU's sports communications office, head coach Bill Stewart confirmed that true freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson has decided to leave the Mountaineer program.

"Jeremy Johnson has decided to leave the team for personal reasons," Stewart said in the statement. "We wish him the best in his future education and athletic endeavors."

A four-star recruit and the 16th-ranked quarterback nationally in the recruiting class of 2010, Johnson was an early verbal commitment to WVU, offering his word in May 2009.

The Silsbee, Texas native made good on that promise. Johnson didn't even take an official visit to any other school and signed a letter-of-intent to play with the Mountaineer program in February.

Not long after the start of fall camp, however, Johnson expressed at least some regret about his decision. A message on his Facebook page in August caused some confusion, as Johnson said he was "officially a baylor bear [sic] now," only a matter of days after he began practicing at West Virginia.

"Yep..they usin [sic] me to just run the ball I'm a rb [sic]..lies," was later added to that Facebook message, in an apparent reference to the WVU coaching staff.

Johnson then sat out multiple days of preseason practice, as Stewart said the quarterback was battling "homesickness." He ultimately returned to work with the team not long afterwards.

By the time WVU faced UNLV this past Saturday, Johnson had already stopped attending team practices again, and Stewart reiterated once again that the freshman was "homesick."

Johnson, a star at Silsbee High who attracted offers from Baylor and Michigan, among others, was third on the Mountaineers' depth chart at quarterback behind sophomore starter Geno Smith and fellow freshman Barry Brunetti.

Unlike Brunetti, however, Johnson had yet to see action on a single snap through the first five games of the 2010 season.

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