BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Tennessee offensive line signee Ryan Johnson is headed for the state track meet in Murfreesboro on Friday, having qualified in the shot put and discus throw.
The Brentwood Academy product is also closing in on next Sunday’s high school graduation ceremony, after which he’ll immediately report to the Vols.
Coach Butch Jones won’t waste any time getting newcomers prepped for what figures to be a special season in Knoxville.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit revealed on Twitter Saturday morning that he’s among the many picking Tennessee to win the SEC East Division.
Johnson said in a recent interview with SEC Country (above) that he embraces going to a program that features such high expectations.
“I see it as opportunity, I see it as an advantage for me, because I have people around me who are like-minded and work extremely hard and know how to win and know how to succeed,” Johnson said. “I’ll have amazingly talented athletes around me that can help me get better and push me when I’m on my last leg.”
At 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds, Johnson will arrive at Tennessee fit — he also competed in the 400-meter run this track season.
While it’s always difficult to project how quickly young linemen will get on the field, Johnson left little doubt he’ll be doing all he can to find playing time.
“My motto is, work as hard as I possibly can, leave every ounce of sweat and blood out there,” Johnson said. “When I finish, I’m done and I’m spent, and my goal is to put whatever I have into whatever I do.”
East is wide open. Gators will always have a shot to win it. I like the Vols and Josh Dobbs to win the East this yr https://t.co/gh8SpOYry6
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) May 21, 2016