After getting his “dream offer” from UGA about three weeks ago, DT DeAndre “Moose” Johnson didn’t see any reason to wait any longer to commit.
The 6-foot-3, 311-pounder from Northgate High School committed to UGA among his dozen offers, which included Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Purdue, Southern Miss and Mississippi State. Georgia Tech was Johnson’s second favorite school.
“I had been thinking about everything my coaches were saying, how Georgia was probably only going to offer a few guys at my position (noseguard),” Johnson told the AJC. “I’ve been wanting to play for Mark Richt for a long time. Now that I had the chance, I didn’t want to take a chance on somebody else taking my spot at Georgia, so I committed.”
Johnson informed Richt during a Tuesday phone conversation. “Coach Richt asked if I was coming up there for [Junior Day] this Saturday and everything. He asked how recruiting was going, and if I had picked a top few schools. I told him I had made my decision already, and I wanted to be a Dawg.
“Coach Richt was really excited when I told him that. He said he couldn’t wait for me to get back up there so he could give me a hug. It made me think that he really wanted me and everything.”
Finally, we had to ask: How did Johnson get the “Moose” nickname? “When I was in the seventh grade, one of my football coaches gave it to me. I really have no idea why. All my friends and family kept calling me that, and it just stuck. I’m fine with it. I like it.”
“Moose” is commitment No. 7 for UGA’s 2013 recruiting class.
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