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Nic Johnson Wants To Make Waves And Open Eyes As A Senior Next Fall

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Nic Johnson has no scholarship offers but he knows what he can bring to the table for any college football program.

Johnson said his recruiting process has been going slow and it’s stressful for him but that serves as motivation.

“…I feel like it pushes me more to work. You never know what the future holds so I really feel like I deserve to play on a big stage and I’m worth it.”

The 5’11, 163 pound, wide receiver has these schools in his top five: University of Lafayette at Louisiana, University of Texas-San Antonio, Boise State, Maryland, and Kansas.

“The reason I have those schools [on my list] is because I want to play on their stage and I grew up watching those schools. They were dominant at that time and I really like those schools, especially Maryland. Maryland and the University of Lafayette at Louisiana, I would love to go to those two.”

He’s looking National Signing Day 2018 as his commitment date whether it’d be to one of the schools mentioned above or a different school that he has researched thoroughly and feels comfortable committing to.

Looking at his junior highlight film, he clearly has the speed to make plays both on offense and on special teams. He can run go routes down the field and make plays and catch the ball in traffic as well.

“I believe the best part of my game is I want to say my vision and my speed. Even though I have to say that I used to be faster and I’m working on that this offseason to get my speed back but I can say my speed and my vision.”

He said that he needs to work on everything but specifically, his mindset, not trying to do too much on the field, becoming a team leader and eluding defenders on short yardage plays. The latter, he said, he is working more on this off season.

Family and a belief in God aren’t lost on Nic Johnson and he uses both to push him on and off the field.

“As one of God’s loyal servants, He’s going to guide me the whole way through so I just put my faith in him and try to do as much on the field and off the field knowing that I’ll get blessed and have some favor from him,” Johnson said. “My family they’ve been behind me 100 percent of the way. They back me with whatever I do, no matter what it is. They just know that I’ll give it 100 percent so they’re behind me 100 percent.”

Johnson hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but is currently living and playing high school football in Houston, Texas. He loves Baton Rouge with all of his heart because that’s where his family is and his is trying to make the best of his recruiting process at Wisdom High School in Houston.

“Just the fact that I’m the youngest boy on my mom’s side of the family and that kind of takes a toll on me because I have to do everything sports-wise because they kind of don’t know the whole recruiting process and everything like that. Coming to Wisdom, I had to learn how to be more humble, patient and rely on the team with losing a lot. It kind of takes a lot out of you as a player,” Johnson said about what he has had to overcome.

He played his first year of high school football at Alief Elsik High School in Houston and transferred to Wisdom and has played there up to now. Wisdom’s football program has struggled to have a winning season over the last couple of years and in 2016 went 1-9 (0-8 5A Region III District 24). He is ranked a three-star 2018 wide receiver by Lone Star Prospects and is still pushing to be ranked by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Scout, Rivals).

“When I had first joined football, I played for U-10. One of the first practices, I really didn’t know what I was doing. One of the first practices, my coach [said], ‘hey, what teams did you play with before? What team were you brought up with playing?’ I said no [team] and he was like ‘what?’ I realized at that moment I could play and then in high school, other than my freshman year, my sophomore year I was on Varsity so that really reassured me.”

Nic Johnson’s dad played at Tennessee and was the one responsible for football becoming a part of Nic’s life. He also is a cousin of four-star Lamar High School standout D’Shawn Jamison and Florida State Linebacker Dontavious Jackson.

Off the field, Johnson wants to major in psychology or fashion design because he enjoys fashion and buying clothes and shoes. He collects shoes and takes pride in the time that takes.

Johnson will be playing close attention to student life on the campuses he visits in addition to what classes are like, what the coaches are like and what the football program as a whole has to offer him.

“I feel like I could bring to the university high test scores. I’ve scored high on my SATs and PSATs and it’s at college level or close to college level. I’ll bring them a high academic rate and a high graduate rate and a better program because I’m going to give 100 percent no matter where I go. I’m going to try to work with the coaches and try to work with the other players to try and get to the bigger picture so that’s what I feel like I could give to a team or a school.”

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Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal

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Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.

“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”

Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.

“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.

“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”

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Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke

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Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.

According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.

Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.

 

 

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Oklahoma’s Grant Calcaterra Retires

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Oklahoma Sooners’ tight end Grant Calcaterra has officially announced his decision to retire from football due to multiple concussions, including one that he suffered during a recent practice.

“Football has been the biggest thrill of my life, and it kills me to know it’s over,” Calcaterra said during a video he posted on Twitter. “But I’m confident God does everything for a reason, and he has a plan for me. I believe football was preparing me for this moment my entire career.”

“I gave everything I had to this team and this game,” Calcaterra continued. “I’d like to think it might have caused an impact on this university, this football program and all the people around me.”

Calcaterra earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2018 following an impressive season in which he caught 26 receptions for 396 yards and 6 touchdowns. Calcaterra was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a freshman in 2017.

Calacaterra said that he’s on track to graduate from Oklahoma in May and that he plans to return home to California to pursue a career as a firefighter.

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