The Next German Sensation Jakob Johnson !!
Jacksonville Ribault linebacker Jakob Johnson committed to Tennessee this past weekend, pledging to the Vols while on an official visit.
He was overwhelmed by the UT hospitality, facilitates and just everything about his trip, and he committed on the spot.
Johnson, however, who moved to the United States from Germany in July, figures he might want to visit at least one more school to make sure he’s doing the right thing. And Johnson doesn’t have a lot of time. He graduates high school in December and will be packing his bags for college in a month.
The school that stands to possibly benefit from Johnson’s next visit is UCF, and Johnson said late Tuesday night that he has decided to take an unofficial visit to the Orlando campus for Friday night’s matchup with USF. If he likes it, he will come back in December to take an official visit.
“I wouldn’t come to waste everybody’s time,” Johnson said. “It just might be a good thing to see another university, get another experience in.”
So what UCF fans and coaches want to know is: Does UCF really have a shot at landing the services of the 6-foot-3, 246-pound linebacker.
“I think the coaches are great and those are the coaches I’ve talked to the second most,” Johnson said of the UCF staff, right behind Tennessee.
He was very impressed during his visit to Tennessee.
“I had a really great time up there,” he said. “They have a really great program and great fans and they have a lot of history at Tennessee.”
His reason for come to the States was to get a college football scholarship. Mission accomplished.
Johnson, who had 93 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss playing defensive end in his only season at Ribault, said he wasn’t necessarily planning to commit during his Tennessee visit.
“When I came on the trip I mostly thought about waiting to commit a little bit longer, but it was just kind of in the moment,” Johnson said. “There wasn’t any pressure to do it or anything, but just felt like doing it. I really like the atmosphere up there so I feel like it’s a good place to be.”
As for UCF, Johnson said he interest is not just fleeting. He wants to open up his own athletic facility when he is done with football and UT and UCF both offer majors that would fit what he plans to study. At Tennessee it would be Kinesiology and at UCF he would study exercise science.
“The [UCF] visit was scheduled before I took the visit to Tennessee and my decision would have come down to those two schools anyway,” said Johnson, who decided Tuesday he would go ahead and make the UCF trip, after talking with his father back in Germany, his high school coach and UCF coaches. “Those schools have the majors I’m interested in and UCF is a great football program too.”
Several coaches have been involved in the recruitment process, Johnson said, including Jacksonville area recruiter and receivers coach Sean Beckton, linebackers coach Tyson Summers and defensive coordinator Jim Fleming.
“The linebacker coach was talking about how I might give them a chance and come down there and look at everything, and then make my final decision,” Johnson said. “I have to move a little quick since I’ll be graduating. I want to be in a school in January, so I gotta stop analyzing it and start getting enrolled and everything.”
He said he’s had great experiences during his short time in the States.
“I’ve had a great time,” Johnson said. “I’m sad the season is over. We lost the first playoff game, but I had a great time with my team and met a lot of great people … a lot of new experiences and I accomplished way more than I ever dreamed of.”
He’ll fly back to Germany a few days before Christmas to spend time with family, and “then I’ll go and get ready for college.”