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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Ohio State offers FSU QB commit

By Brad Bournival

First and foremost, he’s still very much committed to Florida State. But he definitely knows a good offer when he sees one, especially when it comes from a coach that used to mentor the Florida Gators.

Throw in the fact that Urban Meyer is very stingy with his offers to quarterbacks and the one De'Andre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) picked up from the Buckeyes wasn’t taken lightly.

“It’s Ohio State. It’s pretty big,” Johnson said. “Coming from Urban Meyer, he’s got a very good program going up there, so it means a lot.

“He’s a well-known coach, a national championship coach. He knows how to work with his quarterbacks to put them in the best situation. He adjusts to their strengths.”

It’s easy to see why Johnson joined Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen) as 2015 quarterbacks with offers.

As a sophomore, Johnson was 119-of-204 for 1,973 yards and threw 20 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He also ran the ball 27 times for 115 yards.

Though the 6-foot, 170-pound Johnson has been committed to the Seminoles since July 20, he still has offers from Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Florida and UCLA.

“As a player, I’m a dynamic quarterback that can sit in the pocket, but I can run the ball as well,” Johnson said. “I’m a very diverse player that is very coachable. I’m a very mature guy.

“As a person, I’m a very advanced academic kid who is humble and wants to learn. I’m a great leader on and off the field that stays out of trouble.”

He is the 11th Floridian offered by the Buckeyes in the Class of 2015. That accounts for almost 33 percent of the 34 offers Ohio State has handed out to sophomores thus far.