Four-star OL Johnson updates status

Although four-star offensive lineman Roderick Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) backed out of his commitment to Florida two weeks ago, the 6-foot-6, 316-pound senior isn't done with the Gators.

Johnson said he needed to make the move so he could fully evaluate other interested programs.

"I still have a good relationship with the coaches at Florida," Johnson said. "They have treated me well and it was out of respect for the process that I made the decision.

"It was important for me to evaluate everything and make sure I am making the right decision."

Johnson and his teammates at American Heritage had a rough day in 25-7 loss to Cocoa on Saturday. Despite the setback, Johnson saw plenty of positives from the game and the team's overall performance.

"We made mistakes with penalties and a few small things," Johnson said. "Against some teams you can get away with it, but not against Cocoa. They are a championship team."

As for recruiting, Johnson says Florida State, UCF, South Carolina, Auburn and West Virginia are schools he's interested in. Florida State came through with an offer shortly before Johnson parted ways with Florida, but the lineman says one thing had nothing to do with the other.

"No, it was nothing like that," Johnson added. "I just needed to open things back up."

However, the projected tackle does have a serious interest in the Seminoles.

"I am a big fan of coach Rick Trickett and I know they are in a situation where they need some big linemen to step in and compete," Johnson said. "That's a big thing to me. I want to go to a place with good academics and a place where there is open competition."