Storm Johnson transfers from Miami Hurricanes

Storm Johnson was one of Georgia's top running backs in the 2010 recruiting class (AP photo)

Storm Johnson was one of Georgia's top running backs in the 2010 recruiting class (AP photo)

Former Loganville and Buford tailback Storm Johnson is transferring from Miami, according to the ACC school on Tuesday.

“As of this afternoon, Westleigh Storm Johnson is no longer a part of the University of Miami football program,” Miami coach Al Golden said in a statement. “When these situations arise, we always assist the student-athlete and his family in the transfer process.  We wish Storm success in all future endeavors.

Last season as a freshman, Johnson carried 19 times for 119 yards at Miami.

What happened? Here’s some insight from the Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro and Barry Jackson:

Storm’s father, Wes Johnson, said his son had spoken to Golden “multiple times” about leaving since he took over as coach.

“He wanted to be closer to home. He’s a mama’s boy and the backfield is crowded,” Johnson Sr. said. “Life is full of surprises. We’re not broken up. It’s his life. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions.”

Johnson, who finished this spring as the team’s No. 3 running back, was one of six players reportedly suspended for the season opener against Maryland – a report coach Al Golden would neither confirm nor deny during spring practice.

Johnson (6-0, 216) also was reportedly involved in an April 27 incident at a UM residential hall for which school police were called to the scene.

Johnson Sr. said he had been told his son he was “not suspended” and that none of that played into his son’s decision.

“He’s coming home, going to relax, get into a workout regime and he’ll decide within then next couple weeks what he’s going to do,” Westleigh Sr. said. “There’s nothing else that needs to be said.

Johnson is the fifth Miami player to seek a transfer since the end of spring practice.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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May 17th, 2011
10:28 pm

Washaun leaves, and suddenly Storm is looking to move closer to home to play ball? The red and black would look really good on him.

Coach H

May 17th, 2011
10:29 pm

Mama’s boy? Good description for all Buford high school all americans when they get to college … smh


May 17th, 2011
10:31 pm

Hope he comes to Georgia. We could use him. Hopefully Coach Richt and his staff will offer this kid the position opened by Washaun Ealey departure.

LC Dawg

May 17th, 2011
10:38 pm

In all fairness, I cannot judge the kid by one article I read about him.

However, if he did wish to don the Red & Black, I would expect some explaining first on the “incidences” stated above, and answers as to whether or not he was suspended and if so, why?

UGA has impressed the heck out of me this offseason in weeding out the distractions and “accident prone” individuals. So if there is a smidget of character question, I would kindly ask him to look elsewhere.

I wish the kid nothing but the best, and hope he would be a good fit at UGA. If not, no loss.


Dawg Vet

May 17th, 2011
10:40 pm

I wonder if he would be interested in running the triple option…….



May 17th, 2011
10:46 pm

His Cousin is GT A-Back BJ Bostic. They are pretty close.


May 17th, 2011
10:52 pm

He should transfer to Georgia State…great place to become “THE BACK” and be close to home. Curry should at least try and pull some of these transfers with the opportunity for immediate playing time. He could put together a decent team with the amount of kids leaving programs these days. Good luck to Storm, hope he lands on his feet somewhere. GO DAWGS!

Steve W

May 17th, 2011
10:54 pm

I thought Miami was a strange pick for him to begin with. I’d like to see him at UGA. I’m not sure I see him coming if he’s worried about a crowded backfield. I think he’s a better option than Carlton Thomas. I hope Ken Malcome starts well.

Macon D

May 17th, 2011
10:56 pm

What are, if any, stipulations or conditions of his transfer.

In likelihood, since it sounds like he had to beg for his release, he may not be able tosign with another ACC school.

Big L

May 17th, 2011
11:00 pm

I thought Storm played at Loganville.

@Big L

May 17th, 2011
11:03 pm

Read the first sentence


May 17th, 2011
11:07 pm

Wow — I just played bball with him today and see that hes transferring out — what a chump

Wolves Booster

May 17th, 2011
11:09 pm

Wow, Storm is leaving Miami? Sounds familiar, sounds like what happened in high school. I guess Daddy didn’t like jr.’s chances at cracking the starting lineup for the Canes. There is no way this kid play in Athens, they just got rid of one troubled running back and I’m sure are in no hurry to take on another. I would hope Johnson would think twice before taking on his me-first attitude.

Wolves Booster

May 17th, 2011
11:10 pm

I would hope Johnson as in Paul Johnson at Tech – best chance is at GA State or GA Southern for a damaged back like Storm.


May 17th, 2011
11:16 pm

UGA does not want this kid… No team


May 17th, 2011
11:23 pm

Storm is a very sad story… Starting with his father.. He was a good RB in HS but could not handle the competition from Cody Getz, so his pop transfers him to Loganville where they are a good (but not great team) where the competition for PT is less. He goes to UM & bails when there’s too much competition.. I know peeps that know his family.. His Pops is ruining this kid.. He has decent grades to stay in school.. A pop to the knee or shoulder & pops & his greedy self is outta the $$$..

Needs to get into a stable school & play ball, have fun & get his education & leave the boy (now a young man) alone..


May 17th, 2011
11:42 pm

the U is more than 50% non-white but UGA is 86% white. Will you feel at home?


May 18th, 2011
12:27 am

As one Georgia player leaves UM, another commits there: Welcome to Coral Gables Raphael Kirby!!

c'mon man

May 18th, 2011
12:45 am

Storm started all of this moving around in high school when he wasn’t getting enough attention or what he wanted.

We don’t need him in Athens. Trying to get rid of all the “it’s all about me” playas.



May 18th, 2011
1:08 am

UGA has enough of their own transfers to worry about Storm. He will land nicely, again.

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May 18th, 2011
2:11 am

GA ST sounds good to me. Tech could use a B-Back as well. I don’t think UGA needs him really. They have their stud back, then a change of pace with Thomas. Wish the GA kid well.


May 18th, 2011
2:33 am

He transfered while in high school. Why is anyone surprised he left Miami?


May 18th, 2011
5:25 am

Sounds like the UGA fans want to really mess up their team next year (or year after). This is a guy already in trouble at one school. Wonder if his dad is transferring also?


May 18th, 2011
6:10 am

I know most of you saw this coming during the time he was being recruited. Now here is a guy that must play out-of-state. Don’t need him playing football anywhere in Georgia.


May 18th, 2011
6:37 am

For all the people who got on my arse when I said he seemed like a trouble soul and I understood why UGA didn’t offer him I would like to take a moment to say, “I TOLD YOU SO!”.

UGA didn’t offer before and won’t offer now!


May 18th, 2011
7:00 am

I do not see him at GSU if he comes with all of the alledged familial and personal issues. Seems like a clash with CBCs no nonsense old school coaching. TWT


May 18th, 2011
7:12 am

Look for Storm at Elon, Virginia Union or FAMU. And then maybe only for 1 year. We will never hear from this kid again! Too bad! My guess he will transfer his way all the way to a minimum wage job.

Pappa Johnson

May 18th, 2011
7:31 am

I’m just doing the same thing that Cecil did with his kid. Storm will go JUCO one year and then look for me to cash in to transfer to Auburn.

Walker, Texas Ranger

May 18th, 2011
8:16 am

Coach H, well said. As far as the red and black, we don’t need anymore problems. Just move along, nothing to see here.


May 18th, 2011
8:28 am

Message to you morality idiots out there: D-1 football is a BUSINESS. The best players and their get paid or receive some kind of compensation. You know it and your high school aged children know it too. Just ask them. What Cecil Newton did was, if he did it at all, is common with future First-round draft picks.

Strange how none of you bigots never mention Taylor Martinez or his dad. His dad signed some kind of sports apparel contract with U. of Nebraska. Then his son signs the following spring…hhhmmmm. Yes, I know the contract was ended a 18 months later, but he got paid first, right?

That’s why the famous statement: This time it will not be for free!!!! was made. I guess Cecil would have been better off offering faith-based services on contract. lol

Furthermore, just like I told the crowell haters out there… You know absolutely nothing about Storm Johnson other than he is a black teenager who plays RB. Let this thing play out first, then be the judge


May 18th, 2011
8:46 am

He would fit in great at Uga…. good luck mama’s boy

Paul Moobs Johnson

May 18th, 2011
8:53 am

No way Storm is coming to Tech, with our budget we can’t afford the price.


May 18th, 2011
9:38 am

“So if there is a smidget of character question, I would kindly ask him to look elsewhere.”



May 18th, 2011
9:42 am

I doubt if he ends up aat Georgia Tech. ACC schools usually release players on the condition that they do not sign with another conference school.

Maybe to GSU, State or Southern.

bitter uga fan

May 18th, 2011
10:04 am

ugahatter thanks for showing the dreaded “race” card————–limited mind—go away fool!!!!!!!

——————alot of poor whites never get into uga——-”O” well im not crying and will always support

——————————-again heres a kid who thought the pasture looked greener across the fence

—————–no place like home——————-come to the sec and compete====dont complain!!!

———————————–good luck————–lesson to future 5 stars wanting to venture away from

————————–tech and uga———————stay home where the locals will treat you like royality

Wolf Love

May 18th, 2011
10:42 am

Congrats Storm and Wes, couldn’t of happened to two nicer people. Good luck at a HBC.


May 18th, 2011
11:49 am

UGA would never recruit this kid in a million years.He will not be at UGA has been trouble him and his dad since he was 6 years old.Got beat out at Buford by Cody Getz he wants no part in competing.Those are the facts and they are undisputed.


May 18th, 2011
12:46 pm

this is sad… dont think several years from now the nfl wont be asking about all these transfers. Dad give the kid a break your football career is over, hopefully thats not the case for your son. Oh, dont forget to teach the kid words like commitment, perseverence, trust, loyalty……Not just you, me and us!!!!


May 18th, 2011
12:58 pm

I agree with Billy Jack.. He remembers his senior year. He transfered from buford b/c he didn’t want to share the back field. Now he is doing it again. Maybe he should try to work his ars off for once and see if he can earn a starting job instead of being given one.

I love the UGA fans saying that the program is cracking down on behavior. Too funny! Your prize recruit QB had gotten suspended the last year of his high school career. Your school only criticizes the replaceable student athletes. Your prize recruits get away with stuff all the time. Do you ever read the AJC? It’s like they’re on the state law 3 strikes and your out. Yep thats cracking down all right!


May 18th, 2011
1:02 pm

Well here is a suggestions for our kids. Stop believing in these crooks AKA college coaches. If they recruit u, then they will tell everyone the same lie. Why not go to Ga Southern, Fort valley, VSU…… If you are good you will be found by the NFL. Colleges are using our kids. Go somewhere and get your degree and play four years.


May 18th, 2011
2:34 pm

Do any of you UGA fans have a clue? I guess not. Neither Tech nor UGA offered the kid out of HS, so why would either want a kid who is known for his use of weed at Miami?

Worry about the pending losses of Crowell and Jenkins. Both are definitely high quality student athletes. lol

Let the excuses for Saint Richt begin soon enough…….


May 18th, 2011
4:39 pm

Jenkins already qualified and is already following Coach T’s workout plan. Crowell qualified too.

Don’t let the facts get in the way of downing another gallon of Hater-Aid.


May 18th, 2011
4:44 pm

Look at Storm and his fathers past!! If things don’t go their way, they leave. Us at BUFORD know all too well about the JOHNSON’S! They are bad apples to a program, TRUST ME! Until the father stays out of Storm’s football days, Storm will be nothing! Once Storm realizes he has the skills to be something special, he will be NOTHING! Let go of the titty Storm, the milk has dried up. To Mr. Johnson, it’s ok to follow your son and his college career, but stay out of the COACHING aspect of it and let the COACHES to their jobs!!!!!!!! In other words…….SHUT UP ALREADY!!!!


May 18th, 2011
5:49 pm

I feel that there is a Storm coming to the Ga Dome! Go State!


May 18th, 2011
9:23 pm

Hey, we need a running game over at State. You are more than welcomed to give us a peep, my man.

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May 18th, 2011
10:55 pm

What kind of loser names their kid Storm? I know the talent level is down in Coral Gables but if you have to transfer in HS to start maybe you’re sights are set to high at starting at Miami.


May 19th, 2011
8:10 am

Won’t be a Dawg, why would we want him now?


May 19th, 2011
11:36 pm

i think tech should go after him, they us three rb’s at a time.