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January 10, 2010

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.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 8:18 PM | | Comments (7)


looks like good news ...along with the last note about murphy

guess ryan and shred wont repsond to this...cause its a good news thing.

Welcome Javarie. Proud to be a Terp. Keep these talented athletes at home where they can be appreciated.

Congratulations to Coach Franklin and welcome to Javarie Johnson. It is time that we return to enrolling the premier local football players from our area.

Please send more coaches to South Florida...plenty of 4 Star players who don't want to start 3rd & 4th on depth chart at Florida, FSU or The "U".

Did you see Cole Marcoux (Winner of "The Ride")from NYC in the Army All Star game Saturday? He is verbally committed to Dartmouth.

Maryland would be a perfect fit. LSU & Nebraska are offering official that a joke for kid from Manhattan. Coach Ralph...go get him. Alex - Terps '77 West Palm Beach FL

What? Why would I leave a negative comment on a good thread? I mean, anyone who doesnt think the program has been mediocre and actually plain bad last year, isn't watching. Do you think the Fridge almost getting fired is because of MY posts? No, its because he wasnt doing what he gets paid to do. win.
Do you think I don't want them to win? Ofcourse I do. I wish Fridge was thought of as the best coach in College Footbal.
I don't get your point.

my point is really pretty moan and groan way too much. gotta learn to roll with the punches a little and quit slammin the programs all the time

thats the point

ps you are not in the Terps Remember Jack Heise Club (TerpsRJHC)...cause you arent (explained on another msg)

Pleeeeese can I be in it? lol.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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