Former Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson signed with Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, officially becoming the first signature for new Owls coach Lane Kiffin. Per 247Sports, Johnson will enroll in January.
Back where it all began. DeAndre Johnson in a small signing ceremony at First Coast. Johnson signed with FAU. pic.twitter.com/POdRsPpYfn— Justin Barney (@JustinBarneyTU) December 14, 2016
Though Johnson is the first player to sign with FAU under Kiffin, he visited the program last weekend before Kiffin was hired. According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Johnson met with FAU's president and athletic director during his visit.
Johnson initially signed with Florida State in 2015 but was dismissed from the program in July of that year after video was released showing Johnson punching a woman in the face at a Tallahassee, Florida, bar. He was charged with misdemeanor battery and later went on ABC's Good Morning America to apologize. Johnson claimed the woman was shouting racial epithets at him.
"De'Andre has shown he's committed to using his platform to be positive advocate for violence prevention, self-control and decision making," read a statement from FAU after Johnson's decision to enroll.
Johnson spent the past two years at the East Mississippi Community College, the subject of the Netflix series Last Chance U. He did not play his first year, but passed for more than 2,600 yards this past season.
Johnson, who took an unofficial visit to Alabama last February, was coached by offensive coordinator Clint Trickett at EMCC. Trickett's brother Travis Trickett was the FAU offensive coordinator under former coach Charlie Partridge. Travis Trickett is reportedly set to coach at Georgia State next season.