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January 20, 2014

No. 17 in the books

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This past weekend was a big one for Atlanta Sports Academy athlete Rico Johnson.

A native of Swainsboro, Johnson committed to Georgia in the summer of 2012 after gaining and offer from the Bulldogs due to an impressive showing at Mark Richt Mini Camp.

The weekend was a chance for Johnson to figure some things out with the chief question being whether or not Georgia was where he wanted to be going forward.

Richt and company were able to answer that inquiry for him and it led to Johnson becoming the 17th member of Georgia's 2014 class on Monday as the Peach State speedster made his intentions known on Twitter before confirming to UGASports.com

"Yes sir, I committed to Georgia," Johnson said in a telephone interview with UGASports on Monday.

Johnson decided to go ahead and pull the trigger because of relationsips - a number of them.

"Just being around the guys I was supposed to come in with and the coaches, I just enjoyed it a lot," he said. "Hanging with my cousin Corey Moore was great and I just want to play with him, too. It was just great to be back and I knew it was where I want to be."

According to Johnson, his future head coach couldn't have been happier with his choice.

"He was real happy," Johnson said of Richt. "He told me that he loves me and that he is proud of me. He said that he is glad to have me back."

The speedy athlete has the skill set to succeed on offense or defense but the UGA staff wants to put the ball in his hands right away in the Classic City.

"I will be playing receiver but I will also be helping in the return game," Johnson said. "I'll be catching punts and kicks and stuff. I love it (being a return man). I am comfortable with it and I think I can be great at it."

Johnson's future position coach, Tony Ball, is also a big reason why the prep school playmaker decided to re-commit to the Bulldogs.

"I would have to say Coach Ball," Johnson said when asked what coach had the biggest impact on his commitment. "We have just been through so much but we have always talked and kept in touch and that was a big thing for me."

Johnson says that he will enroll at UGA in May and that when he gets to Athens, he plans on putting his talents on display right away.

"I'm just really looking forward to showing the world what I can do and taking my game to a different level," Johnson said when asked of his expectations of himself at UGA.

As a Prep School signee, Johnson will still have five years to play four as any incoming freshman would, and according to the Peach State prospect, Georgia fans have plenty to be excited about.

"Be ready for me. Be ready for the show," he said. "I'm going to give all I can give and I can't wait to get there."

Johnson also held offers from West Virginia, Maryland, Marshall and Middle Tennessee.



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