Posted: 11:29 am Friday, January 15th, 2010
By Jason Lieser
Pahokee wide receiver De’Joshua Johnson is committed to Florida State, but the word commitment has had different meanings to Johnson at different points in his recruitment.
Why the inconsistency?
“It’s just recruiting,” he said.
That’s actually the perfect answer. At this point, what else can you say besides that?
Johnson, who will be in Tallahassee this weekend, said this week he is “all the way for Florida State,” but is visiting North Carolina later this month. He plans to make a third visit before signing day, to either Alabama, Michigan or LSU.
“I’ve got to check out my options,” he said. “I’m still all the way for Florida State, but I’m going out to see other places.”
Should the Seminoles coaches be concerned?
“They know I’m going to Florida State,” Johnson said. “Nothing to worry about.”
Johnson (5-10, 163, 4.37, No. 11 on The Big Board) committed to the Seminoles in June. He said in November, however, that national signing day would be “interesting.”
Johnson reiterated his commitment to Florida State last month, but seems to be reevaluating his situation.
Michigan was one of the first schools to offer him during his junior season and already has three ex-Pahokee players on the roster. Senior defensive tackle Richard Ash is committed to the Wolverines as well.
Alabama, which won the national championship but lost out on fellow Blue Devils wide receiver Chris Dunkley, could be a player in this. Johnson already visited Tuscaloosa once and said he loved it.
Johnson is one of the area’s top receiver recruits, though he was forced to play quarterback most of last season. He threw for 964 yards and seven touchdowns, ran for 176 and three, and caught 21 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns.
As a junior, Johnson caught 26 passes for 489 yards and five touchdowns.
All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent. The first day seniors can sign is Feb. 3, national signing day.