Monday, April 29, 2013
WR Johnson to join teammate with Vols
By Dave Hooker
In a day and age when most prospects believe they deserve loads of college attention, Jonathan Johnson said he was truly surprised to receive a scholarship offer from Tennessee.
There were likely some surprised in Tennessee's recruiting office as well. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound receiver wasn't on many the radar of too many schools when he was catching passes at Blinn (Texas) College. Fortunately, his teammate Kameel Jackson was very much on the Volunteers radar. Jackson, along with Johnson, committed to Tennessee over the weekend after a visit from Vols receivers coach Zach Azzanni.
"They came down to our spring game to see my roommate, Kameel Jackson, and I talked to Coach Azzanni and he let me know that I stuck out to him when he watched our practice film," Johnson said. "I got in contact with him through Kameel. I talked to Coach [Butch] Jones and I visited with Coach Azzanni as well and they gave me an offer Saturday afternoon, actually."
Johnson was still stunned about the weekend's developments.
"I was telling my roommate that I woke up on Saturday just thinking it was going to be a regular day and everything just happened so fast," Johnson said.
Johnson could be an immediate contributor. He's hoping to be considered a member of the 2013 class.
"We're going over my transcripts and trying to see if I'm going to have enough credits to get out by after this spring semester," Johnson said. "If everything works out, I'll be up there at the end of May."
Being the No. 2 receiver at Blinn wasn't easy on Johnson. Still, he took it in stride.
"It really opened my eyes that I need to take every opportunity that's thrown my way," he said of his time at Blinn. "I played here as a true freshman last season and really didn't have the greatest season of my career. The system we run at Blinn doesn't utilize the slot receivers to let me show my abilities. But everything happens for a reason. Coming here gave me an opportunity to get in contact with Tennessee and everything worked out great for me."
Johnson and Jackson could be key pickups for Tennessee. After losing its top four receivers from the 2012 season, receiver was a major concern during spring practice.
"I'm very excited," Johnson said. "It's a dream come true to play in the SEC. Tennessee is known as 'Wide Receiver U.' A person in my situation couldn't be dealt a better situation to go and play wide receiver."