Stafford’s Johnson to Stay In-State

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Stafford (Falmouth, VA) linebacker Jake Johnson earned scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech, but in the end Virginia Tech simply stood out above the others after unofficial visits. Last night, the 6-2, 230-pound standout pledged his commitment to the Hokies.

“Jake has made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech and is extremely excited about the opportunity,” Stafford head coach Chad Lewis told TSL earlier this evening. “He spoke with Coach [Bud] Foster last night.”

Johnson made an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech in early May and loved the experience.

“Several other schools were interested in Jake,” Lewis said. “Jake had taken time out on his own to check out other schools. He saw positive things in other schools, but when he went to Tech and had an opportunity to see what they are doing there, I think he knew that was where he wanted to spend his college career.”

A linebacker and fullback for Coach Lewis, Johnson, who is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a linebacker, racked up 125 tackles including 27 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks last season as a junior. He earned all-district honors for his performance on defense, which is where he loves to play.

“He’s a linebacker,” Lewis said. “Virginia Tech is recruiting him as a linebacker. His heart and soul is in playing linebacker. Virginia Tech offers a great opportunity with how linebackers in their defense have played in past years, and I think he is excited about that.”

Johnson is more than just a talented player. He is also a leader for his high school team. Those leadership traits should translate well onto the next level according to Coach Lewis.

“Jake brings a lot of passion to the game,” Lewis said. “He is a leader and he is going to be a leader wherever he goes. He is an extremely hard worker, whether it’s in-season or out of season. He is a tremendous football player and a fantastic person as well. Character-wise and work ethic-wise, he will be great for Virginia Tech.”

Johnson will be the second Stafford player in as many years to sign with a Division 1A program. Last year, ATH Torrey Smith signed with the University of Maryland.