Gators Add Another

Chris "Juice" Johnson

Moments ago Ocala (FL) Trinity Catholic high school safety Chris "Juice" Johnson announced for the Gators becoming the 16th verbal commitment for head coach Urban Meyer and the Gator Nation.

"I think it's time to do it man," Johnson said. "I got my results back on the ACT and I scored a 17 which is what I need."

"Do it" is exactly what Chris Johnson did as he called the Florida coaching staff and informed them of the good news. Of course that was last week but earlier today Johnson made the drive to Gainesville to meet face to face with the head coach Urban Meyer.

"Me and my grandfather went up today and I told him I wanted to be a Gator and we talked and we talked and he told me this was the best place for me to be and I knew in my heart that I wanted to be a Gator. He challenged me to get that score and I did and I committed and got it done. He just smiled and said from here on out I need to continue to do well in school and do the right things and welcomed me to the Gator nation and he expects good things out of me and I will go up and compete for a spot."

Juice is very physical at 5'10 and 200-pounds but has great speed (4.45) and is extremely athletic. He had a very impressive Under Armour combine posting a vertical jump of 38-inches. Juice is coming off an impressive Junior season leading the team in tackles with 122 from his safety position. He projects as a safety for the Gators.

A little under a year ago I had a chance to watch Juice in the Swamp for Friday Night Lights, this is what I wrote about his performance.

During Friday Night Lights I had a chance to watch 2011 defensive back Chris Johnson work up close and personal. On a night that had some of the nation's top talent for not only 2010 but 2011 Johnson stood out.

With a 315-pound bench it's easy to see the strength of his game is his physical presence on the football field.

"I am a very physical when it's just me and the receiver," Johnson said.

He has great burst coming out of his cuts and is not afraid to challenge the wide receiver for position off the line and when the ball is in the air.

Johnson went a bit under the radar because of all the talent that was on the field during Friday Night Lights but make no mistake about it he is one of the top defensive backs in the state of Florida for next year's class.

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