Before the calendar turned to June, Oneonta (Ala.) two-way standout Jalen Johnson pulled the trigger to Georgia Tech.
At ease with the decision ever since, the senior was set to try and get the Redskins back to the Class 4A state championship game for the second-straight season after falling to UMS-Wright (Ala.). But during the team's first action against another program, in a preseason scrimmage, Johnson suffered a severe knee injury.
"I tore my ACL and meniscus last night," he told Scout on Saturday morning.
Surgery was scheduled for Tuesday morning, and Johnson was home in the afternoon. After some rest, the Tech pledge was in good spirits.
"I'm doing pretty good!" he shared. "The surgery wen well."
The Yellow Jacket staff got in contact with Johnson later in the day to reassure the 6-foot-2, 193-pounder that his commitment to the program would remain reciprocated.
"They said everything was okay on their side," he explained. "Coach said just to work hard and rehab to be 110 percent next year.
"And when I'm healthy, I'm going to go up there for some games."
The move from the staff makes Johnson feel more at ease with his tough situation.
"I'm 100 percent to GT," he added.