Posted: 4:42 pm Friday, August 20th, 2010

Former Pahokee star De’Joshua Johnson won’t suit up for Seminoles 

By Matt Porter

De’Joshua Johnson, a four-star recruit set to play for Florida State this fall, has been ruled academically ineligible.

For now, Johnson will attend East Mississippi Community College. Johnson is set to return to Florida State after he graduates.

“I have a lot of people saying I can’t play at the next level,” said Johnson. “And I want to prove ‘em wrong. It starts here.”

Johnson is taking summer courses and said his GPA is a 3.14. He plans to earn his associate’s degree early and return to FSU next fall.

“He came here on a mission,” said East Mississippi offensive coordinator Andy Siegal, who will use Johnson primarily as a slot receiver. “The best thing De’Joshua has is a huge support system at home.

“He’s got so many people pulling for him, and he wants to get it done. He will get it done.”

Located in Scooba, Miss. (population: 632), EMCC is ranked No. 7 among junior college football programs in the National Junior College Association of America top 25.

A dual threat at wide receiver and quarterback, Johnson threw the game-winning touchdown pass in Pahokee’s 2008 state championship win over Ocala-Trinity Catholic. He was a Palm Beach Post Super 11 selection in 2009.

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