Four-star D-end suspends commitment announcement, Vols the reason?


UPDATE: Johnson did indeed end up committing last night, to Clemson.

Earlier this morning, four-star defensive lineman Sterling Johnson Tweeted that he would put his college announcement on Twitter tonight at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Tennessee, Alabama and Clemson were the finalists.

That apparently will not happen now, and it makes one wonder if his chosen school may not have been ready to accept it. Lots of theories jump out in situations like this, because when a kid is ready to commit within hours–one wonders about the other side of the equation: The school. According to a report out of South Carolina from respected analyst Phil Kornblut, Johnson’s high school coach at Cleveland H.S. in Clayton (N.C.) said it is on hold.

That’s an abrupt turn around.

Tennessee was thought to be at least a slight leader. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound North Carolina native is versatile enough to play defensive end or defensive tackle. One interesting recent development is that five-star DT Tim Settle named Tennessee his leader just the other day, and one has to wonder what that did to the Vols’ recruiting chart, as Settle is a Virginia native who has kept his cards close to the vest.

As a junior, he had 80 tackles and 8 sacks.



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