Thomas Johnston’s final three schools included a pair of SEC schools and one from the Big 10. Instead, the 3-star linebacker didn’t choose any of them. Instead, Johnston decided to commit to a school with a football program that hasn’t played a game since 2014 — UAB.
It seems like an odd decision, but perhaps it had something to do with the fact that Johnston’s older brother, Tyler, will also be playing at the school looking to re-launch its football program.
Johnston made his commitment official on Twitter on Tuesday morning:
It's official!! pic.twitter.com/gcedQb4LoT
— Thomas Johnston (@TDJohnston42) January 24, 2017
This past weekend, Johnston appeared to be taking an official visit to Ole Miss, according to pictures on his Twitter profile. Ole Miss was one of the SEC schools that had been pushing hard for the linebacker from Spanish Fort, Ala.
The Rebels were included with Arkansas and Iowa in Johnston’s “final three” school choices, before he decided to join the Blazers instead.
— Thomas Johnston (@TDJohnston42) January 22, 2017
UAB hasn’t fielded a team since the 2014 season. In December 2014, the school announced it would shut down the football program to save money. It was short-lived, however, as by the following summer, UAB announced football would return for the 2017 season.
Auburn was another SEC school that was actively recruiting Johnston, but the Tigers fell out of the race over the weekend.