On Friday, sophomore quarterback Deandre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) decided to pull the trigger and commit to Florida State, continuing one of the biggest recruiting pipelines in the country. Seven players from the talent-rich high school have signed with Florida State during the past decade, while Tyrell Lyons is committed for the 2013 class. In Johnson, the Seminoles have added one of the rising stars of the 2015 class.
Interestingly enough, Johnson favored a rival program growing up.
“I had always been a Florida Gators fan, but I just felt like with the atmosphere and the coaching here, that this was the right place for me,” Johnson said. “I was sitting here talking to Jimbo Fisher, and I just told him I wanted to be a Seminole. He got really excited and welcomed me to the family.
The fourth prospect in the 2015 class to make a commitment, Florida State's second along with Derwin James (Auburndale, Fla./Auburndale), Johnson picked the Seminoles over offers from Clemson, Florida, North Carolina and UCLA, among others. Johnson is excited about the future in Tallahassee, he said shortly after the Jimbo Fisher Camp.
“I feel like with the class we have coming in and the way things are going, I will have a chance to play for multiple national championships at Florida State,” Johnson said.
As a freshman, Johnson threw for 2912 yards and 32 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He also rushed 38 times for 212 yards with four touchdowns while leading the Buccaneers to the 7A state title game. He feels he will bring a lot to Florida State down the road.
"I think my style of play will fit in well at Florida State, and when I get there they will have guys leaving at my position, so I will have a chance to play early,” Johnson said. “I am a quarterback that can make things happen with my legs and my arm, and I am excited about working with Coach (Dameyune) Craig and his staff.”
The staff played a big role in Johnson’s decision to end his recruitment early.
"I love the staff here at Florida State with Jimbo Fisher, Coach Craig, Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey and Coach (James) Coley,’ Johnson said. “They are the type that will keep it real with you, even if it is something you do not want to hear. That is what I want in a coach -- someone that is going to make you better and not baby you around.”
Johnson felt he was likely to commit as he headed to Tallahassee. Even though he has three years left to play in high school, he felt this was the best way to eliminate distractions.
“I just wanted to get my recruitment out of the way so I can focus on winning state championships at First Coast and getting better for college,” Johnson said. “It feels great to be a Seminole.”