LaGrange defensive end Tristian Johnson is the newest Wildcat…
Dream Comes True For Johnson
"I've dreamed all my life of playing in the SEC," Johnson told Kentucky Sports Report on Tuesday night. "Kentucky gave me this chance with a scholarship offer and now I'm fulfilling my dream by making my commitment to them." With offers from East Carolina, Kent State and Akron, Johnson knows some may question his ability to play in the countries top college football conference. "I've got a lot to prove to a lot of other schools in the SEC in the future. Kentucky is a great school and I like the fact some of my teammates and other players from my school are headed there or have found success there." At 6-foot-3, 222-pounds, Johnson will be looked at by the staff as a defensive end or possible linebacker once he arrives. But first he must finish his senior season at LaGrange High School (Georgia). "My grades are good but I've got to take my test still. I'll take both of them but feel I'll have no problem getting the score I'll need to qualify. We've got a great team with some really good players on both sides of the ball. Our defense plays hard every play and our goal is to improve on last season." Talk of a pipeline growing at the Georgia High School is one thing that drew Johnson to his commitment. "I've watched Kentucky play and the one thing I see when I watch them is how they never give up no matter how the game may look. That is the way we've been coached here at LaGrange and I feel this is what the game of football is all about. I had to think if I wanted to go to a school by myself or join some of my friends. I like the fact some of my teammates will continue to be with me in school and on the field." Like many who've committed to the Wildcats, Johnson talks about his unofficial visit during the LSU game as a thing he'll remember. "I've made three unofficial visits to Kentucky with one of them coming during the LSU game. I also visited during the inter-squad scrimmage and each time left knowing Kentucky the type of school and program that would be right for me." One area that slowed his decision was the distance from home. "My mom and dad are excited about my choice of Kentucky. They know I'm fulfilling my dream of playing in the SEC by going there. But the distance from home did come up as I looked to make my choice." Tristian hopes to make a few trips to campus during the season for some of the bigger games. With teammate Qua Huzzie also on board the duo will get very familiar with the drive to Lexington. Ending our conversation I asked Tristian what he would tell Wildcat fans about himself. "I go hard every play and don't ever give up. I will give everything I have when I'm at Kentucky." Getting in touch with Tristian had been hard in the past. I'd like to thank Qua Huzzie for helping me get in contact with Tristian about his verbal pledge to Kentucky.
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