Orlando (Fla.) Agape Christian Academy wide receiver Drico Johnson has been committed to Central Florida since early August. A major reason why he opted for the Knights was the recruiting efforts of assistant coach David Kelly.
On Wednesday, assistant football coach David Kelly stepped down after the NCAA cited UCF - which is currently on probation for previous violations - for unethical conduct amid allegations of recruiting violations in its football and basketball programs. Johnson found out about Kelly's abrupt departure from the UCF program when another media outlet contacted him about the recent development.
"I was disappointed to hear it," Johnson said. "I liked Coach Kelly a lot. He was a big part of my decision to go there. He used to call me and check on me. We had a real good relationship. We had a real good bond."
Since the news broke of Kelly's departure from the program, Johnson said he has not been in contact with anybody tied to the Knights' program.
"I haven't spoken to anybody," Johnson said. "I would like to hear from them. I just want to know what happened. I want to know what happened with him, why he stepped down, they didn't say he got fired, but why he isn't there any longer. I want to know what their plans are."
As for the impact on his commitment status, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver described it as minimal.
"I am still firm to UCF," Johnson said. "He was a big part of my commitment, but I am still firm. I plan to stick with them. I just want to hear from them and know what is next. I don't plan to visit anybody else."