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Storm Johnson heads north, lands at UCF

Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:11 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Former Miami running back Storm Johnson has decided to take his talents from South Beach and transfer to UCF, multiple outlets reported Friday night. The talented back toured campus in Orlando earlier in the day and felt comfortable enough to commit shortly thereafter.

"Yes sir, Storm committed today and he will start classes on the 22nd," Wesley Johnson, Storm's father, told The Orlando Sentinel. "It actually feels quite good just to get the pressure off and be able to resume his college career. He starts off with a clean slate. Coach [George] O'Leary met with us today and coach felt good about [Storm] and Storm felt good about being there."

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson was third on Miami's depth chart following spring practices and with a new coaching staff, felt it was best to move on to a better situation. A Georgia-native, he was restricted as to where he would be able to transfer to by Hurricanes' head coach Al Golden and many thought UCF and USF were the favorites to land him.

Johnson rushed for 119 yards on nine carries last season as a freshman and was also featured as a kick returner on special teams. He was a big part of Miami's recruiting class of 2010 and was an Under Armour All-American coming out of Loganville (Ga.) High School. All three of the Knights current running backs will be upperclassmen this year and the situation should allow for Johnson to be a featured part of the offense when he becomes eligible in 2012 after sitting out a season.

"UCF is on an upward swing and doing some great things and we just hope Storm can help them out," the elder Johnson told the paper. "We just thank Coach O'Leary a lot for his diligence and his understanding of some things that have happened. He understands Storm is 18 years old and things happen."

Once he is allowed to play next year, Johnson will be a redshirt sophomore and have three years of eligibility left following his transfer.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2011 8:38 pm

Storm Johnson heads north, lands at UCF

Yeah what the other guy said 18 teams will be problematic for the Big East in basketball. It may not seem like a big deal to some but a lot of the basketball teams prettty much founded the conference. And at 18 rivals can't play each other twice a year without giving up non conference games. Having 8+ good teams in one conference and less non conference games will cause problems.

Conference USA would definately kick UCF out in all sports if they pulled football out. The benefit would not be worth the negatives because conference USA is a top five conference in baseball, basketball, and is competetive around the board. All their teams would have to beg the Sun Belt, go independant, or join the Atlantic 10.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 5:12 pm

Storm Johnson heads north, lands at UCF

Bigdaddy, the reason why the Big East has not taken UCF is because UCF has already said they want a conference who will accept all of their sports, not just the football team.  Cannot blame them since if all the teams are in the same conference it gives them a bigger stake in the conference when it comes to handing out gate and TV reciepts. 

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 5:57 pm

Storm Johnson heads north, lands at UCF

Let's hope his father does not try to throw o'leary under the bus too if things do not workout as planned. Storm is a huge additition for the knights & I wish him well. In this day & age parents need to just allow it to ride at times instead of trying to be the coach themselves.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 9:09 am

Storm Johnson heads north, lands at UCF

This is a good pick up for UCF, but not a critical one at this juncture.  It may be a critical pick up for the 2013 season.  One has to wonder why the Big East has not taken UCF.  Certainly it cannot be due to distance, because they took TCU.  Perhaps the Big East is concerned that by taking UCF, and adding them to a list that includes USF and TCU, the schools that make up the "Big Northeast" will play second fiddle to the Southern Schools in the conference, like USF and TCU.  Perhaps they do not want to add another potential Football power from the Southern part of the nation.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2011 8:30 am

Storm Johnson heads north, lands at UCF

Storm Johnson could be a great addition at UCF. Right now, UCF has the deepest backfield in Conference USA. When he becomes eligible he could be an absolute threat. He, along with Jeff Godfrey could mean serious business over the next couple of years. I knew that once Storm visited campus he would want to commit. For those of you who have never been to UCF, it is freaking beautiful these days. Aside from being a homer, Ive been to every campus in the state and by far, UCF's campus is the nicest. Although, actually Stetson's law school is probably the nicest. But out of the main 4, UCF hands down.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:36 pm

Storm Johnson heads north, lands at UCF

Good, speedy back. Sorry it didn't work out at the U. Good luck at UCF. Great pick up!!

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