De'Andre Johnson wasn't too keen on what his little brother was wearing under his jersey during the Class 3A state title game Saturday.
Tyreke Johnson, an eighth-grader at Jacksonville Trinity Christian, was wearing a Dri-Fit undershirt from one of Florida's Friday Night Lights camps, and De'Andre, who is committed to FSU, could have done without seeing his brother in Gators gear.
"Yeah, I saw it," De'Andre said, shaking his head. But big brother didn't let it dampen the spirit of the day.
"It was the only sleeveless short I had," explained Tyreke.
Not that De'Andre was buying that reasoning, but he still shrugged it off, and De'Andre could at least take solace in the fact that Tyreke was wearing Garnet and Gold cleats Saturday.
"Oh yeah, gotta go 'Noles," Tyreke said.
It wasn't the way De'Andre envisioned returning to the Citrus Bowl this year, knowing that it would be his final trip to Orlando before the New Year.
The Jacksonville First Coast quarterback would not have missed the game, of course. He was there in support of Tyreke, who was playing safety in his second straight Class 2A state championship game for Trinity.
The Conquerors earned their second state crown in a row with a 34-7 victory over Clearwater Central Catholic, and Tyreke was right there to put the finishing touch on the victory with an interception as the clock wound down.
"It feels great. Not a lot of people can say that," Tyreke said of being an eighth-grader who already has two state championship rings. "That was my goal the whole year to make it to state and make big-time plays."
Big brother was certainly proud.
"I was real happy. I told him he would get one in the third quarter, but to seal the game with a pick at the goal line, that's gold right there ... game closed," De'Andre said.
De'Andre himself was right there in the spotlight of the Citrus Bowl as a freshman when he guided undefeated First Coast into the Class 7A state title game in 2011. The then-unbeaten Bucs lost a tough one 40-0 to Bradenton Manatee, but De'Andre vowed he'd be back.
He didn't figure his next time would be as a spectator. First Coast fell two games shy of advancing in the Class 8A playoffs this year, losing to defending state champion Apopka last week 42-20.
"It was kind of a bittersweet moment," De'Andre said of his return. "But you can't get mad about that. You just gotta be proud of your little brother and his team for bringing a ring back to Jacksonville. Next year is my chance with my team to come out with the same feeling."
Tyreke, who plays small roles for Trinity so far in his young career, has had plenty of talent around him. He's learned from players like Isaiah Ford, a senior receiver committed to Louisville, and juniors LB Jeff Holland and CB Kevin Tolliver, who is already committed to LSU.
"I feel like I was a lot more of a contributor this year than I was last year and now it just feels awesome," Tyreke said. "I learn a lot from Jeff, [Chris] Barr, Jalin [Buie], Isaiah, Tolliver and Ben [Edwards].
"They always walk me through stuff in practice when I mess up. They tell me what to do and I got Coach Ross telling me what to do and they put me in position. They say I'm an athlete, so just go make plays."
De'Andre gives him pointers, as well.
"My brother he tells me a lot about things," Tyreke said of De'Andre, whose first offer came from Clemson when he was 15 and he committed to FSU the summer before his sophomore season. "He tells me a lot about coverages and weaknesses of the coverages so I can shut it down. He tells me everything about football."
Big brother will also be helping little brother go through his own recruitment, and it's started early for Tyreke, who already has scholarship offers from FAU and Vanderbilt.
"I sat right there listening to all of [De'Andre's] interviews when I was younger and now I know how to handle my own interviews," Tyreke said.
Tyreke rattled off a who's-who list of colleges that have already shown interest in the 6-foot-1, 170-pound defensive back.
"Florida State, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, Miami ... schools like that," Tyreke said. "Everybody says it will get boring. I just hope it doesn't. Right now I'm living life."
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