LCA DB Joe Johnson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
Recruitment open: Life Christian DB Joe Johnson, III erases NC State
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
It’s a fact that sometimes when a student-athlete receives an offer from a collegiate program that offer can be taken away right from underneath them. Sometimes it makes sense and other times it’ll leave you wondering if you made the right decision to commit in the first place. They’re also those times when a prospect verbally commits and then makes the decision to de-commit before, during, or after the football season.
Life Christian starting defensive back Joe Johnson, III (2020 DB 6-3 180) picked up an offer from North Carolina State near the end of February. It wasn’t until the end of March that Johnson decided to make the decision to verbally commit to the Wolfpack. However, early verbal commitments can possibly set up the stage of an early de-commitment and that’s exactly what Johnson announced early Wednesday after noon via Twitter.
“Firstly, I would like to thank Coach Doeren and Coach Barlow for giving me an opportunity to play at their university. However, after thoughtful consideration and counsel from my family and coaches, I think it is best for me to de-commit from North Carolina State University. I think it would be best for me to explore all of my options and focus on securing the best fit for me academically and athletically. Ultimately, my goal is to ensure that I am making the right decision for my own future. I sincerely appreciate your support and understanding,” Johnson explained in a statement via Twitter.
This decision now opens Johnson up to the possibility of playing elsewhere after his senior season in 2020. Prior to his commitment to NC State, Johnson held offers from: Baylor, James Madison, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Penn State, Duke, Tennessee, Florida State, Rutgers, Florida, Fordham, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Liberty, William and Mary, Marshall, Howard, St. Francis, and VUL. His most recent offer from Ohio State presented itself near the end of April also gives him yet another offer to ponder throughout the summer and into the fall.
– Brandon Mitchell