One of the nation’s most sought-after wide receiver prospects has made a huge decision concerning his college future tonight.
“I’m going to Georgia Tech,” said four-star Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek wideout Calvin Johnson. “They had just about their whole offensive staff in our home tonight, and I decided to make my commitment to them.
“I knew a while back that I was going to go there. It’s been in my heart for a while now, but I had been holding off on things. But I just decided now was the right time. I’m glad to have it over with.”
Johnson (6-4, 210, 4.44) picked the Yellow Jackets over the rival Georgia Bulldogs. He had just visited Athens this past weekend.
Asked what the Yellow Jackets’ reaction was when he told them the news, Johnson laughed.
“At first, they didn’t think I was going to do anything tonight, but when I did, everybody just jumped up from their seats,” he said. “They were all excited and celebrating with me and my parents. It was kind of funny to see everybody acting like that.”
Shortly after making his decision, Johnson said he phoned the UGA staff to inform them of the news.
“I talked to coach Garner and told him,” he said. “He told me they were still going to stay on me, to keep the door open for them, but I told him that’s where I’m going to school. I’m 100 percent sure.”
What were the key factors in Georgia Tech’s favor?
“I can’t get any better than them academically,” he said. “That was really the main thing. If you get a degree with Georgia Tech, you have a great future ahead of you, no matter if football works out for you or you get into a regular job.
“On the football side, I really get along well with the players and feel like I fit in well with them. We have a great class coming in this year. I’m excited about the future there. They’ve always had a good program that won a lot of games and went to bowl games, and I think it’s just going to keep getting better.”
As a senior, Johnson caught approximately 40 passes for more than 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He also shines in the classroom, sporting a 3.5 GPA and an SAT score over 1000.