After defeating Georgia Tech 42-10, the University of Georgia picked up commitment No. 30 Saturday night from a prospect that just recently emerged on the Bulldogs’ radar. Defensive back Kennar Johnson (Clermont, Fla./Mississippi Gulf Coast) took his official visit to Georgia this weekend, and before he left, he decided that he wanted to play in Athens next fall.
“I just committed,” Johnson said. “I committed at Mark Richt’s house in front of his whole family. They were all excited about it.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound defensive back chose Georgia over offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Florida, West Virginia, Iowa State, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota and Memphis. He told DawgNation earlier this week that he had received the offer from Georgia over the summer. Over the weekend, he realized he had found his future home.
“Seeing that this is an SEC school doing big things, I just decided this is where I wanted to be,” Johnson said. “All of the coaches gave me a good vibe and the players all welcomed me like I was already part of the team.”
A December graduate, Johnson’s addition could finalize a secondary class that includes five safeties and three cornerbacks. The Florida native gives Georgia four junior college pledges and two commitments from Mississippi Gulf Coast as defensive lineman Chris Mayes from Griffin, Ga. is a 2011 signee also set to arrive in January. Johnson had 34 tackles and three passes broken up this season as a cornerback, but he has been told by Georgia that he will start out at safety next season.
Safeties Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams, as well as defensive back Sanders Commings are set to graduate, and the Bulldogs did not sign a safety in 2012. Johnson feels he can come in right away without a drop in level of play.
“Everyone knows Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo will be high NFL draft picks,” Johnson said. “I feel like I have the same approach to the game as Alec Ogletree and I play like Bacarri Rambo, so that is the type of player I think I can be for Georgia. The Georgia coaches talked to me about coming in and starting at free safety next year.”
Johnson has two official visits left to take, but he said he is most likely done with his recruitment after his commitment.
“It feels unreal to be committed to the Bulldogs,” Johnson said. “Last year I played for a junior college that won one game, this year I played for a different college that went 9-2, and now I am going to play for a team now ranked No. 3 in all of college football. I cannot wait to get there in January.”
Like Johnson, ESPN 150 prospect Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan) and Quincy Mauger (Marietta, Ga./Kell) also plan to enroll early. Paris Bostick (Tampa, Fla./Plant) and Shaquille Fluker (Meridian, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.) are the other two safeties committed to the Bulldogs.