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WR Tshumbi Johnson talks USF commitment

One of the major recruiting needs for South Florida is speed on offense and over the weekend the Bulls received commitments from Immokalee (Fla.) junior teammates Tshumbi Johnson and Xavier Richardson.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Johnson, who plays quarterback for Immokalee, accounted for nearly 3,500 yards and over 40 touchdowns in passing and rushing yards. He was named the area offensive player of the year in 2011 by the Fort Myers News-Press.

Richardson was Johnson's favorite target in the passing game and the 6-3, 200-pound junior had nearly 700 yards in receiving for the 12-1 Indians.

"We are cousins and have been playing football together since Pop Warner," Johnson said. "So to continue to be teammates in college is something I'm really looking forward to."

The pair committed after visiting the campus on USF's junior day.

"I had loved the school for a while and thought about committing about three weeks ago," Johnson said. "But once I got there and saw how the program operated it made my decision easy.

"The coaches had everything well planned out and explained a lot about how the academic schedule works. I was impressed by the tutoring schedules and the study hall and the other things they do to cater to academics."

Richardson also had an offer from South Carolina, USF was Johnson's only offer. Both players said that Clemson and Georgia Tech were recruiting them heavily in the past few weeks.

"I'm just happy to be in a good situation like this and a place that's close to home," Johnson added. "Everything is on point academically and our families don't have to travel too far to see us."