Gators get their big receiver in Johnson

It was good luck Friday for the Florida Gators when receiver Isaiah Johnson (6-3, 190, West Palm Beach, FL Dwyer) committed to the Florida Gators over Miami and others.

Johnson, who just visited Florida for the first time ever last weekend, returned to Gainesville on Friday to watch practice and that is when he gave the Gators coaching staff the good news.

One of the biggest reasons for Johnson’s commitment to Florida was the success that Jim McElwain has had at coaching receivers in the past.

“Coach McElwain told me about all of the success he has had with receivers in the past,” Johnson said. “He had Rashard Higgins last year that went for over 1,000 yards and he had Julio Jones at Alabama. I know he knows what he’s doing there.”

Johnson is the kind of receiver that McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are looking for in the Gators offense as Florida looks to add more height to the position.

As a junior Johnson caught 36 passes for 641 yards and five touchdowns as Dwyer’s number two receiver in its offense, but Johnson figures to be Dwyer’s top target in 2015.

This commitment also helps the Gators get back in to good graces with Dwyer High School coach Jack Daniels, who was upset at the way Will Muschamp treated former quarterback Jacoby Brissett while he was on campus.

Now that Johnson has committed to Florida he’s the sixth Gators commit in the class of 2016 and is the second receiver in the class joining Raines High receiver Rick Wells.

Stay tuned to as we will have much more on Johnson’s commitment to Florida plus other news on Friday’s visitors.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.