Johnson excited to pick up an offer from the Florida Gators

Despite the dead period for visit, the Florida Gators coaching staff has made the most of the down time by offering several prospects around the country.

The latest prospect to pick up an offer was receiver Malcolm Johnson Jr. (6-1, 185, Alexandria, VA. St. Stephen & St. Agnes High) who heard from one of the Gators assistants.

“Coach [Billy] Gonzales] offered me,” Johnson said of the coach from Florida who offered him. “He said to me how Florida can use my speed in the slot and on the outside and allow me to run track too.”

Johnson has several big offers already but he says the Gators history in two sports made this a special offer.

“I feel like it means a lot because Florida has a great program and is also a powerhouse in track,” he said of what the offer means to him. “I’m very excited and just ready to get down to the Swamp.”

Receivers coach Billy Gonzales explained to Johnson last week just how the Gators would use him on offense.

“He said that my speed and size I could play inside or outside,” Johnson said on how Gonzales told him he would fit into the offense. “I like that, I like how they use their speed and get their playmakers the ball.”

Johnson doesn’t know a lot about the Gators program but he did watch a former Gator and he knows a lot about the Gators offense.

“I watched Joe Haden,” he said on what he knows about Florida. “I know that they’re a historic program and I like who they use their speed. I know they have a history of people running track and that they’re one of the top programs in academics, football and in track.”

Next up for Johnson is a trip to Gainesville where he wants to see a few things while in town.

“I would love to visit when the time is right,” Johnson said on if he plans to visit Florida. “I’m must hoping to meet the coaching staff and feel at home.”

Several other schools are also recruiting Johnson hard and this dead period has pushed his commitment timeline back some.

“South Carolina, Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and LSU,” he said on schools recruiting him hard. “I don’t have a timeline for a decision yet, the virus is pushing things back a little.”

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.