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Just under 30 quarterbacks participated in the MVP Camp Sunday in Valdosta, Ga. and DeAndre Johnson was the best out of that group.
The 6-foot-1, 177 pound rising senior out of Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast stood out from the beginning and not only did he impress the staff Sunday, the staff impressed him.
"I learned a lot out here at the MVP Camp," said Johnson. "Coach [Tucker] Pruitt (Douglas (Ga.) Coffee) stayed on me, he pushed me, and really taught me a lot. He got the best out of me and he really worked with me on my footwork, my drops, and my mechanics. I took a lot away from this camp for sure."
Johnson entered the camp with a few things on his mind; He wanted to get better, compete, and show that he is one of the better quarterbacks in the 2015 class.
When his number was called at the end as the top quarterback, it meant something to him.
"It feels great to be the top quarterback out here. It is my first camp this year and I did not go on the [camp] circuit last year, so it really feels good. My hard work is showing and there was a lot of good players here, so to be the best means a lot.
"I wanted to come out, do my best, and just see where I was right now. It showed me and I think it showed others that hard works means something."
His hard work along with his natural talent and his potential has helped Johnson be recruited since his freshman season.
Johnson committed to Florida State since July 2012, so he has been a Nole for 19 months.
He is proud of what he saw FSU do this past season and as he watches, he is learning.
Johnson was sporting the FSU shorts Sunday.
"I watched every game this past season and I was at most home games. They had a great season and I am learning a lot watching FSU and Jameis Winston. Jameis and I have been talking about once a week and he is already helping me as a quarterback. He is a great player, FSU is a great team, and I am excited about what they are doing right now."
Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles landed the No. 3 recruiting class in the country on Scout, so the future looks bright in Tallahassee.
Johnson still plans to be part of that future, but he would like to see other places.
"I am still solid to FSU, but I do want to take some other visits," said Johnson. "LSU has been coming at me hard, I want to visit Georgia, and schools like Notre Dame, Nebraska, UCLA, and Tennessee are on me real good too. It is my senior year coming up and I do want to check out a few other schools.
"I plan on talking to the FSU coaches about taking other visits to see how they feel. I do not have anything planned right now.
If other visits do take place, it will take a lot to get Johnson away from the reigning national champions.
"It is just about how I feel when I am there. I am very comfortable there, I know the area really well now, and I just feel at home at FSU
"I really wasn't a Seminole growing up, I was a Gator, so it is a little weird that I committed to Florida State so early. It felt right then and it still feels right now."