Johnson- “There are plays to be made” for the Florida Gators

Last week receiver Isaiah Johnson (6-3, 190, West Palm Beach, FL Dwyer) signed his early enrollee papers with the Florida Gators and on Saturday he visited his future home.

“It was good game, the defense played good but the offense has to do better,” Johnson said. “I see a chance for me to come in play because they aren’t really producing nothing, so I know they’re looking for guys to come in and produce.”

Johnson met with Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier on Saturday and the message was simple to Johnson.

“Their message is to get out there [on the field] as quick as I can,” he said. “They told me to get on campus as quick as I can and get the playbook down so I can get out there and make plays.”

Saturday night wasn’t the offensive performance that commits wanted to see but Johnson noticed that the offensive gameplan was good and there were open receivers out there.

“There are plays to be made, Treon missed some guys,” Johnson said. “Some of the receivers dropped passes, but there are plays to be made out there. I think they’re going to get it together.”

One thing that Johnson did notice was that the Florida Gators were in need of a quarterback and he opinion on which he wants in Gainesville.

“We got Jake [Allen] coming for 2017 and I want [Dwayne] Haskins to come,” he said. “If he comes then we would have a quarterback for sure and Will Grier will be coming back next year, but he got a six game suspension, so we need someone to come in and play early.”

Johnson has taken several visits in the past and he says that he has two more official visits planned before he enrolls at Florida.

“I just signed with Florida but I still plan to visit Washington State next weekend,” Johnson said. “I’m going to take my official visit to Florida the next weekend and then I’ll be moving in at Florida on January 3rd.  The Washington State trip is just to get see my boy TJ [Tavares Martin] and hang out with him.”

When Johnson arrives in Gainesville for his official visit he plans to talk to the coaches about whether he will play tight end or receiver in Gainesville.

“We’re going to talk about where I’m going to play at during my official visit,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me where I play, I just want to get on the field next year for Florida.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Washington State is a visit that Florida fans should follow closely because Johnson is close with several players at Washington State, but ultimately I think Johnson sticks with Florida. Johnson is a guy that I think will see time as a receiver and flexed out tight end.


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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.