D.C. linebacker Johnson commits to Maryland

January 11, 2010|By Sports Digest

Four-star prospect Javarie Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 208-pound linebacker from Dunbar in Washington, switched his commitment to Maryland from Miami on Sunday, according to one of his coaches. "Basically, he just changed his mind and felt that he wanted to go to Maryland," Dunbar defensive line coach Ashaa Cherry said. "He wanted to be closer to home." Cherry said "it boiled down to Michigan and Maryland" for Johnson before he decided to inform Terps offensive coordinator James Franklin of his decision. Johnson led the Crimson Tide to a 9-2 record this season, earning Washington Post second-team All-Met honors. Cherry said Johnson hopes to start classes at Maryland this month. "Well, he's still trying to enroll early," Cherry said. "That was the plan at Miami, to enroll early. He had everything in place to graduate early - his SAT and his GPA. The only thing he has to do is basically turn all his application stuff in." Johnson entered his senior season as Washington's top-ranked player. Cherry said the hype never adversely affected the future Terp. "Actually, he handled it pretty well," Cherry said. "He didn't miss a practice, played in every game and was a leader on the field. When you get that high profile, you get a lot of attention, especially when you don't do well or if your team doesn't do well. But he led the team by example, as well as vocally. He's a gym rat, also. So in the end, [Maryland is] getting a pretty good football player."

- Matt Bracken

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