Justin Johnson successfully ran a spread “Air Raid” offense at Central Gwinnett (Ga.) High School that might have some similar principles to Army’s new shotgun scheme.
But, Army’s offensive change wasn’t the reason why Johnson came back to the Black Knights’ 2023 recruiting class.
Johnson realized he couldn’t pass up a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said after announcing his recruitment was closed earlier this week. He recommitted to Army after reopening his recruiting in late January.
So what drew Johnson back to the Black Knights?
“Just the environment, being able to play football and get an education at one of the prestigious schools in America,” Johnson said. “You can’t beat that.”
Army was the first college football program to believe in Justin Johnson. He visited West Point in July 2022 and committed to the Black Knights in August. Johnson signed his certificate of commitment with Army during early Signing Day in January.
One of Johnson’s Army recruiting coaches Scot Sloan left Army to take the defensive coordinator position at Appalachian State after the season. Johnson decommitted from the Black Knights, looking for additional opportunities/offers. He received an offer from Division II UVA Wise before renewing his Army commitment.
Johnson, who will attend Army Prep, said Army’s shotgun offense will be better for him because, “that’s what I’m accustomed to running but any offense like an Air Raid, pro style or even under center wouldn’t be a problem. I’ve been in all of them and master them in the years of playing the game of football.”
As Army added a quarterback to its 2023 recruiting, the Black Knights also lost a former QB commit when Bay (Fla.) senior Will Smiley announced earlier this week that he’s attending Navy.