Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic is off to a 5-0 start on the season and their defense is a big reason why. One of the standouts on the defense is safety Chris Johnson. While the 5-foot-10, 198-pound defensive back has been focused on keeping his team perfect, he has been equally focused on getting his academics in order to make him eligible for college. Just recently, he got some good news in that department.
"I got my test score the other day and it was what I needed, so that helps," Johnson said. "I am going to keep taking it (the ACT) and try to get a 20, because I got a 17. I am not satisfied until I make a 20, but getting the score did take a lot of pressure off of me. It will probably be the next couple weeks when I make my decision."
With a satisfactory test score now attained, Johnson is going to focus in on making his final decision. He holds offers from Florida, Louisville, Marshall, Memphis, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt, but his focus is on just two of those programs.
"I have a top two right now and I am looking towards making a decision soon," Johnson said. "Right now it is between Florida and South Carolina."
The three-star prospect talked a bit about why the Gators stand out to him at this time.
"I like everything about them and the way they play football," Johnson said. "They have a great coaching staff, they get after it. I have a good relationship with Coach (Chuck) Heater and Coach (Scot) Loeffler. There is a lot of speed in Gainesville and I am a speedy guy. It is a great atmosphere there with the fans at the 'Swamp'. I have had opportunities to go up there and attend some camps and take some tours, the facilities are awesome and it feels like home."
Johnson will be taking an unofficial visit to Florida when they host the LSU Tigers this weekend. His former teammate, wide receiver Kadron Boone, is a freshman wide receiver for the Tigers.
In addition to Florida, Johnson is also very interested in Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks.
"They are in the SEC and I just love SEC football," Johnson said. "I have a great relationship with Coach (Steve) Spurrier. He is into his players and he expects a lot out of them. He is not just a coach, he is a friend or somebody you can talk to about anything. He makes sure you are getting it done in the classroom and doing things that you need to do. It isn't all about football, it is about having something to fall back on as well. Their fans love Gamecock football, they love their players and they support them."
As a junior, Johnson visited the Columbia based campus along with some teammates. Rivals.com's No. 86-rated prospect in the Sunshine State hopes to return later this season for a game, but has not scheduled any trips at this time.