It was only fitting that a guy named Storm would end up a Hurricane.
Storm Johnson, a Loganville tailback and one of the top rushers in the state, committed to the University of Miami on Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior made the decision without ever seeing the Hurricanes’ Coral Gables campus. He’ll do that during an official visit on Dec. 12.
“I just felt like they were the top of my list,” said Johnson, who transferred to Loganville High from Buford over the summer. “I got along well with the coaches. I like my running backs coach and head coach Randy Shannon. Education-wise, it’s a private school and will be a great education. . . . When I go down there that will be just icing on the cake.”
Johnson said he chose Miami over Michigan State and Oregon, in that order. Florida State, Kentucky, Alabama, North Carolina and N.C. State also were recruiting him.
Johnson originally committed to LSU in late June only to have the Tigers rescind the scholarship offer a short time later.
“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I’m happy with my choice.”
Johnson will graduate from high school early and enroll at Miami in January. He hopes to earn early playing time for the Hurricanes.
“I love the depth chart,” he said. “They have three people leaving. One of the two coming back will be a senior. Basically they just need tailbacks. So I’m going in there early to try to work my way up into a playing spot.”
Johnson has been one of the top scorers in the state this season. He has recorded 24 touchdowns, including 22 rushing and two on kickoff returns. For the season he has rushed for 1,406 yards on 226 carries. He’s also had five receptions for 102 yards.
This past Friday, Johnson had 106 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns in a 31-28 loss to Rockdale County.