Johnson Headed to Prep

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West Potomac High School (Alexandria, VA) star Christian Johnson has decided he will enroll in Prep school in the Fall of 2004. He will graduate from West Potomac and hopes to attend either Hargrave Military Academy or Fork Union Military Academy next year.

“Basically, me, my coach, and my family talked about it and we decided I could use a year at Prep school,” Johnson said. “Coach [Al] Golden from Virginia has always been telling me to keep Prep school in the back of my mind. Virginia talked to Hargrave for me and my coach has spoken with Fork Union. One of the Hargrave coaches has already called and said I have a home there if I want it.”

In the beginning, Johnson was reluctant to go to Prep school. Now, however, he is looking forward to the opportunity.

“I feel good about the decision,” Johnson said. “I felt bad at first that I didn’t listen to my parents earlier on in high school when it came to academics because that is the reason I have to prep, but this will be a chance for a new start. I’m looking forward to it now.”

At 6-3, 305 pounds, Johnson played offensive guard and nose tackle for Coach Chris Davidson this season. It was his first year on defense, and he made an impact immediately. Johnson made 15 tackles in just his second game playing defensive tackle, which brought double-teams from opposing teams for the rest of the season. He finished with over 90 tackles on the year.

He had drawn interest from Virginia, Maryland, and Penn State. UVA, led by Coach Golden, has been in contact with him consistently throughout the process. Once he gets to Prep school, however, Johnson indicated he will keep his options open for any school that wants to recruit him.

“Ever since I moved to Virginia, my dream school has been UVA,” Johnson said. “But once I get to Prep school, I’m not going to limit myself to just one school. I really like Virginia Tech. I like Michigan, Marshall, West Virginia, and some more schools. The ones I mentioned are the ones I would like to see recruit me.”

Johnson hopes to decide by the end of the month which Academy he will attend. He is still considering both schools.