Johnson makes No. 15 for WKU

6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete is Western Kentucky's first 2015 commitment from the Sunshine State.

Western Kentucky added their first 2015 commitment from the Sunshine State on Tuesday, via Pahokee HS athlete Jason Johnson.

"My Mom, she didn't want me to go to far away like up north, she wanted me to be close to home," Johnson said. "Western Kentucky is close enough for us.

"She's happy about it, she's actually about to cry."

Listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with a 4.49 second 40-yard dash, Johnson held offers from Maryland, Northern Illinois, Ohio, FIU and UAB, among others.

After making his decision, he called his recruiting coach--WKU assistant JaMarcus Shephard--to tell him the good news.

"I called Coach (Shephard), he was like 'Jason, have you thought about committing?'" Johnson said. "And I said 'yeah Coach, I'm ready to commit.'

"And he was like 'well good, you're on-board!' Him, the whole coaching staff, they were excited about me committing."

Johnson projects at either safety or receiver for WKU, saying he'll play "whatever spot they (WKU) want me to play."

"I'm best at chasing the ball, I'm a ball-hawk," he said. "Reading the quarterback, that's probably my weakness right now, but I'm working on it in practice, working on reading the guards too."

He plans to take his official visit to WKU "sometime" in December.

Johnson joins Seneca (Ky.) three-star Aldwin Jackson and Dupont Manual (Ky.) two-star Jordon Gonzalez as WKU's 2015 defensive secondary commits.

The Tops' 2015 class currently ranks fifth in Conference USA, but the schools ranked ahead--FAU (22), Rice (16), UTSA (19), and Marshall (15)--all have (or had,) more early commitments than WKU.

Some of the newest Topper commits (like Quin Jernighan, a consensus three-star prospect,) haven't received official ratings yet.

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