Martin County football’s 2019 standout ATHLETE George Johnson put an “end” to his college recruiting by verbally committing to the University of Michigan Monday night. Johnson chose the Wolverines over more than a dozen division one schools. Johnson’s potential suitors included Georgia and Florida State. The Seminoles, recently offered, made a late push for the rising senior.
Johnson, also a starter on the basketball team, has already accomplished a careers worth of achievements at Martin County. Athletic Director Mark Cowles pointed out that “George is already one of the best (in Martin County history) and still has this upcoming year to cement his legacy. He certainly could walk out of here as the best of all time”.
It didn’t take long for former Martin County head football coach Chuck Kenyon to realize he had something special in George Johnson. In fact, Johnson started making a name for himself before his career officially started. During the preseason Kick Off Classic game of Johnson’s freshman year, starting QB Austin Kuyrkendall got injured during the Tiger’s first offensive series. “Seven (Johnson’s number) came in and did a great job leading us to victory”, Kenyon recalled. “George is a flat out play maker that has that something special you can’t coach into a player. They either have it or they don’t”.
Over the next three years, Johnson excelled at both quarterback and wide receiver. After accounting for almost 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns as a dual threat quarterback last year, Johnson will play wide receiver his senior year at Martin County and more than likely in Ann Arbor.
“As a South Florida guy that can make plays, Harbaugh will use him as a receiver primarily”, Kenyon predicted before surmising “but he could also possibly use him(on both offense and defense) like he did with (Jabrill) Peppers”.
It doesn’t matter what Johnson plays according to Cowles, “George is the very definition the word athlete. No matter the sport or the position he will excel. He is so driven to be the best”. Even more so than just his big play ability, Cowles seemed most impressed with Johnson “wanting to make all those around him reach their potential”.
On the football field and on the basketball court, George Johnson has been one of the most dominant players in our area. Time for King George to take his talents north and rule in “The Big House”.