D.C. linebacker Javarie Johnson picks Terps
Javarie Johnson was sold on Miami early and committed to the Hurricanes last June.
On Sunday, however, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound linebacker from Dunbar (D.C.) High had a change of heart. Johnson, a four-star prospect, switched his commitment to Maryland.
“Basically, he just changed his mind and felt that he wanted to go to Maryland,” said Dunbar defensive line coach Ashaa Cherry. “He wanted to be closer to home.”
Cherry said “it boiled down to Michigan and Maryland” for Johnson before he decided to inform Terps offensive coordinator James Franklin of his decision.
Johnson led the Crimson Tide to a 9-2 record this season, earning Washington Post second-team All-Met honors for his play. Cherry said Johnson hopes to start classes at Maryland this month.
“Well, he’s still trying to enroll early,” Cherry said. “That was the plan at Miami, to enroll early. He had everything in place to graduate early -- his SAT and his GPA. The only thing he has to do is basically turn all his application stuff in.”
Johnson entered his senior season as Washington’s top-ranked player. Cherry said the hype never adversely affected the future Terp.
“Actually, he handled it pretty well,” Cherry said. “He didn’t miss a practice, played in every game and was a leader on the field. When you get that high profile, you get a lot of attention, especially when you don’t do well or if your team doesn’t do well. But he led the team by example as well as vocally. He’s a gym rat, also. So in the end, [Maryland is] getting a pretty good football player.”