Brandon Johnson saw a new side of Tennessee during his official visit this weekend.
“I just had a great time,” the receiver from American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) told SEC Country Sunday. “Usually when I go up there I watch the game and I’m with my parents. But this time I got to hang out with a couple of the players.
“I got a better view on how the life at Tennessee is.”
Johnson was one of three prospects in town that were previously committed to Tennessee before this weekend. They were joined by six prospects who have yet to announce their college decision. Johnson said he thought all the visits went well.
“I feel like everybody really enjoyed it,” the 6-foot-3, 175-pound prospect said. “They seemed like they had a really great time. The coaching staff, they made sure we had a great time.”
Johnson traveled all the way from South Florida to find a familiar face: Fellow receiver Binjimen Victor from Coconut Creek (Fla.) High School.
“He’s in my area so I’ve known him from playing against him,” Johnson said.
Johnson committed to Tennessee over scholarship offers from several schools, including Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Clemson and Miami. He said his recruitment has been quiet since he went public with his decision in September.
“Schools, for the most part, shut it down after I committed,” Johnson said.
Johnson is a key member of Tennessee’s 2016 class as the Vols are looking to restock a suddenly depleted receiver corps.
“My decision had a lot to do based on that,” Johnson said of the lack of depth. “That’s more motivation to push myself.”
Johnson, a three-star prospect, is the No. 84 receiver in the country and the No. 71 prospect in Florida.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.