Florida Gators receiver commit Isaiah Johnson (6-3, 190, West Palm Beach, FL Dwyer) has been at Florida for two games this year but Saturday was a game that made him proud of the Orange and Blue.
“It was exciting the way they just fought back in the game,” Johnson said. “They never gave up out there and I’m proud to be committed to a school that has that kind of heart during a football game. Great win.”
Johnson has been in the Swamp several times and he says that he loves the crowd noise in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturdays.
“The atmosphere was crazy in there, every game I’ve been to has been crazy in the Swamp,” he said. “Every game has been sold out and I love it. The crowd is always loud and cheering on the Gators.”
Not only is Johnson proud to be committed to the Florida Gators, but he also is proud of his future head coach Jim McElwain.
“It’s a win and they fought for it and earned this, the other games were kind of easy but not this one,” Johnson said on what the Tennessee win meant to him. “This is a win that shows that they can win close games that are tough games. This a win that shows Coach McElwain can win big SEC games at Florida.”
There was some talk that Johnson was going to move to tight end but he says that offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is now leaving both options open for him.
“The last time I talked to Nuss [Doug Nussmeier] and he said that I had been breaking 80 and 90 yard touchdowns, so he was like if I stay skinny then I can stay outside,” he said. “If I get too big then he can move me inside and move me around the offense, but he says that right now he wants me at receiver because of my size and speed. Wherever they can use me the best at is where I want to play.”
One thing is for sure is that Johnson loves Nussmeier’s offense and the way the ball is getting spread around to all of the playmakers.
“I like the scheme and the way they use the tight ends and throw the ball outside a lot,” Johnson said. “They just need more athletes and more guys out there to get the ball to offense. They are getting better.”
A few weeks ago Johnson made news by taking an official visit to North Carolina State but Johnson says not to worry.
“I’m real solid to Florida,” he said. “I don’t really see myself there at North Carolina State. I went on the official visit because one of my teammates wanted me to go with him there.”
Next up for Johnson is another official visit but after that he’s unsure of any other visit plans.
“I’m going to take my official visit to Florida for the Ole Miss game this weekend,” Johnson said. “I might go to West Virginia and Auburn at the end of the year. I’m still early enrolling.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Johnson still says he may take visits but the more Florida gets Johnson on campus the better they feel about his commitment status to the Florida Gators. I think Johnson ends up being a very good football player as he has had a big year this year.