Updated: The latest on Johnson's status

Mar 20, 2019 | 0 comments

Updated: The latest in the We Chomp Chat

Depending on who decides to go or stay, after the upcoming football season, Florida could be without left with a maximum five or six wide receivers remaining on the roster.

Making signing a handful of top tier targets who are capable of producing early a priority in the Class of 2020.

The Gators already have two committed four-star receivers this cycle in Leonard Manuel and Ja’Quavion Fraziars. Now, the team adds a third prospect of the same caliber in Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County wideout Jeremiah Johnson‍.

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound junior told Inside the Gators after Saturday’s Jr. Day that he wanted to commit as soon as Florida offered him back in January, but decided to keep his options open just in case.

That all changed for Johnson after spending Saturday on campus.

“I loved it. I love the campus, the coaches, and everything that involves the University of Florida,” emphatically stated Johnson. “There’s no where else I wanted to be.”

The Georgia native said he felt the love when he got to Gainesville.

Johnson, who has offers from programs such as Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee, said that the vibe he got from Florida was just different – in the best way.

“I met like almost all of the coaches. Coach [Dan] Mullen said he was glad I came out because they’d been trying to get me there for a little.”

In their very short time on campus Mullen and Company have started building a pipeline from Georgia to Florida that has brought in signees such as Emory Jones, Trey Dean, and Dameon Pierce.

While Johnson has yet to meet any of the current Gators from his home state – or any state for that matter – he is already building relationships with committed players, namely linebacker Morven Joseph‍.

“When I got out there [on Junior Day] we was just talking like ‘you big, nah you big man’ just stuff like that. But after a while I was telling [Joseph] ‘man, Ima commit to Florida, I’m coming here’ and he was like ‘yeah man I’m already committed’.”

Although Johnson’s commitment is out of the bag, he wants to keep the Gator Nation guessing as to his next return.

“I want it to be a surprise next time I come out there,” Johnson laughed. “But what I can tell you is that I hope to be there soon so I can explore the campus of my future school a little bit more and meet the Gators.”

Johnson said that he’s planning to sign early.

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