De'Andre Johnson, a sophomore quarterback at Jacksonville First Coast who led his team to a 14-1 record and a Class 7A state runner-up finish as a freshman, has committed to Florida State.
Johnson (6-0, 170) chose FSU over Clemson and Florida.
"It just came to me that Florida State is the place for me to be," Johnson said. "It 's just the whole system at FSU. The quarterback is the key person for the Seminoles.
"I like the attitude of the coaching staff and the fact that Coach Jimbo Fisher was a quarterback himself and he'll coach you the way he would his own son. He'll help make me a better quarterback, a better leader and help me become a grown man."
Johnson also said the two hours between Tallahassee and Jacksonville played a big part in why his parents like his choice. They had also liked Clemson, but the nearly seven-hour drive to upstae South Carolina was a bit daunting.
"Oh yeah, they're real happy," Johnson said. "Their primary choices were bewteen FSU and Clemson. They really loved both of them a lot. But FSU being only two hours from home they like it a lot more."
He had a phenomenal freshman year. Johnson completed 157-of-286 passes for 2,750 yards and 28 touchdowns. He can also move with the ball just to keep defenses honest, and had six rushing touchdowns.
It was a tough go for the freshman in the state title game, as Bradenton Manatee took it to the Bucs with a devastating defenisve displayed that gave Johnson nowhere to throw or run in a 40-0 rout.
He completed just 7-of-18 passes and had two interceptions, by far the worst game of his young career.
Johnson, however, vows to return.
"Oh yes sir," he said. "You can count on that."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun