Fort Scott safety signs with Louisiana Tech

One of the top defenders at one of the top JUCO programs in the country last season was Fort Scott S Jamel Johnson (6-1, 200). In March, the talented defensive back took a trip to Louisiana Tech and after returning home so he could hash things out with his family and coaches, he decided to commit and sign on the dotted line...

Johnson was a standout prep who played at powerhouse Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. However, he was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship so he decided to head to the best JUCO program he could find.

"Fort Scott has a great program and I really thought it was the best place I could go," Johnson told Sunday evening. "I mean, they were one of the best programs in the country and I thought I had a chance to get some attention there if I succeeded."

And succeed he did.

After redshirting in 2008, Johnson played strong safety for the Greyhounds in 2009 and posted 76 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, three forced fumbles and two interceptions while earning 2nd Team All-Conference honors.

Because of his redshirt freshman status, not a lot of schools knew he was available to graduate this May, so only Texas Southern, North Texas and Louisiana Tech stepped forward with offers.

"I knew if I waited until this fall, I would have had a lot more offers and a lot more schools looking at me," Johnson said. "But back on March 29th, I took a visit out there to see them and I met with coach (Sonny) Dykes. I really liked everything about it. I loved the academics there and since I'm a Business major, they had some good options for me.

"I didn't commit while I was there, but when I got home I sat down with my coaches and my family and we laid it all out. In the end, I wanted to take a chance and to play there since I will have three years to play."

The other thing Johnson said he liked about the Bulldog staff was how they planned to use him.

"The coaches are really excited about me coming there," Johnson said. "They want me to play more in the box and closer to the line so I can use my tackling and hitting to make plays.

"They want to use me in a few different ways because I can cover too."

As stated above, Johnson will finish his AA in May and he will have three years to play three once he arrives on campus.

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