Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic safety Chris Johnson has known for quite a while where he wanted to play his college football, but it was on his shoulder to meet the necessary prerequisites for that to happen. Recently, he acquired a necessary standardized test score to ensure that he qualifies, and with that in hand he went ahead and made his decision.
"I committed to Florida today," Johnson said.
Unlike most recruits who make it official over the phone, Johnson did it in person with the Florida coaching staff.
"I went over to their practice," Johnson said. "I went up there with my grandfather and we talked to the coaches. I got there a little late, but I took a tour and talked with the coaches and I committed around 7:30 or 8 o'clock."
For the three-star safety, his commitment is the completion of a lot of work and the realization of a childhood dream.
"It means everything," Johnson said. "I have been through a lot and worked my butt off to get to this point. To come this far and shake Coach (Urban) Meyer's hand and look him in the eye and tell him I want to be a Gator means everything. It was in my heart that I knew that was where I wanted to be. I am glad I have finally made it to this point."
The 5-foot-10, 198-pound defensive back said he is done with the recruiting process. He will now turn his attention to making sure he meets all necessary requirements to enroll at Florida next summer while also trying to go out on top on the football field with his teammates.
"Now it is just about working hard in school and on the field," Johnson said. "I want to take my team to a state championship."
Johnson will be attending Florida's game against LSU on Saturday.