KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Deandre Johnson admits he’s still adjusting to being away from home.
Less than a week into college, Tennessee’s defensive end signee from Florida hasn’t quite gotten used to waking up without his mom Michelle making sure he’s going to school on time.
“It’s different,” Johnson said, smiling. “But it’s a part of life. You’ve got to grow up.
“I’m glad I enrolled early, so I can get a hold of things a lot quicker. I’m excited about it.”
Johnson — a Miami Southridge (Fla.) standout — flipped from Mississippi State to Tennessee in mid-December. He comes to the Vols with plenty of life experiences already, overcoming a nightmarish stabbing two years ago.
Now, he’s one of five mid-year enrollees on campus, and he’s already enjoyed getting to know Trey Smith, Shanon Reid and others.
“It’s a special group,” Johnson said. “I feel like this class coming in will be very special. This will be a tight group.”
In his first media appearance at Tennessee, Johnson explained why he enrolled early, how he will put on his recruiting hat during the next three weeks and why the Vol for Life program was such a critical factor in his recruitment.
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