Sunday, December 9, 2012
4-star OL Johnson recommits to Florida
By Derek Tyson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida has landed it's third commitment of the day, as four-star offensive lineman Rod Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) recommitted to Florida on Sunday evening. The four-star tackle prospect chose Florida over West Virginia and Florida State.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle originally committed to Florida early in the recruiting process before opening things back up. After taking a few official visits, Johnson decided to make his pledge to Florida again.
"When I talked to coach [Tim] Davis on my in-home visit," Johson said, "I really had a good time talking with him, just talking to me about the program and getting early playing time. He talked to me about graduating and getting my degree. He kind of left that on my shoulders and left it on my parents' shoulders as well.
"They asked me today, they wanted to talk to me about Florida. They wanted to talk to me about the program and the good education. They wanted me to get my recruitment out of the way, so I can strictly worry about school. So Florida it is. They agreed to it, so I agreed to it too."
Johnson said Florida head coach Will Muschamp was excited to learn of his commitment.
"He was really fired up,"Johson said. "Like super fired up."
Johnson becomes the second offensive lineman and third overall commit of the day. Earlier on Sunday Albany (Ga.) Georgia Military College tackle Trenton Brown committed to Florida, and ESPN 150 linebacker Matt Rolin switched his pledge from South Carolina to Florida. Johnson, though, said he's not worried about how many linemen Florida signs.
"I'm not worried about other guys that commit to Florida," Johnson said. "I'm competitive, and I know I'll have to compete wherever I go. It will just make me work twice as hard."
With the addition of Brown and Johson, the Gators now have five offensive line commits including Cam Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton), Octavius Jackson (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt Co.) and former Nebraska transfer Tyler Moore (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside). Johnson said he will visit Florida in early January and will not visit other schools.
The Gators now have 25 verbal commits, including an astounding 18 that are ranked four-stars or higher. Florida continues to hold the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the country.