Relationships Led To William Johnson’s Commitment To Virginia Tech

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William Johnson, Virginia Tech
William Johnson is Virginia Tech’s latest commit. (@Williamj0hnson3)

William Johnson
Safety/Linebacker, Class of 2021
St. Mary’s Ryken, Leonardtown, Maryland
6-2, 205

For the final three games of last season, St. Mary Ryken (Md.) athlete William Johnson made the move to linebacker. Typically a wide receiver on offense and a strong safety on defense, he intentionally made the move as a way to boost his recruiting stock.

“They put me in the box, but I played linebacker for three games to get film out there,” Johnson said. “But I haven’t played much. I normally play strong safety and coming down in the box.”

Now, however, that will likely be his college position. On Tuesday, Johnson committed to Virginia Tech, which has him as a sure bet on defense. Depending on how he physically changes in the next year, he could play safety, where he’s become comfortable, or more likely, linebacker, which is still new. But either way, Johnson said he liked what the Hokies offered overall, and what he could do over the coming years in Blacksburg.

“It’s kind of a homey feel there,” Johnson said. “It’s close to home and I get to see my family. It’s about a five-hour drive for me and not too far, but far enough where no one can come up on you and surprise you. But I can see my family and they can see me. (Virginia Tech) showed the most interest of everyone. That was really nice to see. They just showed a lot of hospitality towards me and my family.”