The 6'3 180lb Johnson averaged 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds a game as he led his team to a 22-5 record and region championship. He combines defensive intensity, a solid mid-range game and a desire to crash the boards into an effective package that will benefit USA in the years to come.
Johnson had this to say about his commitment to the Jags:
"I picked South Alabama because I had a great relationship with the coaches. They were always calling me, making sure I was doing the right thing and checking up on me."
Johnson also had offers from Mercer and Eastern Kentucky as well as interest from Jacksonville, Boston University and FAU, among others.
Griffin is a big, athletic player from Tallahassee, FL with quick feet. His head coach, Ryan Felker, had glowing praise for his starting left tackle.
"He's a kid who comes to practice every day and works hard. At 6'7" and 315lb it's hard to imagine he doesn't fit in at that (FBS) level, especially with his motor and the intensity that he brings. He's an intense kid that works hard and is a good teammate. I think he deserves the opportunity to play at that level."
Griffin, whom Coach Felker described as a strong pass blocker, will compete at left tackle for South Alabama next year. He had this to say about his decision.
"It sounds like a good program. My teammate from last year, Tyrell Pearson (now starting at CB for USA), he plays for them and I heard he likes it a lot out there. I like the coaches and it sounds like a good deal."
Griffin chose South Alabama over an offer from FAU and also had interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Utah and USF. He will graduate in December and will enroll at USA in January.
His highlights can be seen at http://www.hudl.com/athlete/528622/highlights/9455997
As a sophomore in 2011 Stevens was the ace of the Trinity Presbyterian staff going 7-1 with a 2.13 ERA with 7 Starts in 13 total Appearances. He limited opposing hitters to a .211 Batting Average and struck out 75 in 49.1 Innings.
In between the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Stevens had Tommy John Surgery to repair his right (pitching) elbow. He spent all of the 2012 regular season hitting for Trinity Presbyterian, but he was able to earn a Save in the Wildcats’ series clinching Semi-Final game versus Montevallo. In his only outing of the year, Brock Stevens struck out the only two batters he faced to close out the game and the series sending Trinity Presbyterian to the Class 3A State Finals where they would go on to be crowned 2012 3A State Champions.
Now, less than 12 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Stevens was recently 86 to 88 in a fall game with nice bite on his slider. He’s an excellent looking right-handed. He’s athletic with a good frame for a pitcher and tons of upside. He's a great addition to the 2013 Class.
Jags Jungle: Other than extremely wet, how was your visit for the Troy game?
Jacob Chaffin: I had a great time! The atmosphere was awesome. I had a great time rain or shine. I look forward to coming back soon.
JJ: Did you get a chance to talk with coach Jones or any of the other coaches?
JC: Yes sir, I talked to coach Jones, Coach (Bryant) Vincent, Coach (Bill) Clark, Coach (Brian) Turner, and the other DL coaches.
JJ: You made the rounds. Did you hang out with any other recruits?
JC: Yes sir, Roman Buchanan and Taylor Lamb. I know Devon Earl from Hoover was also there.
JJ: Did everyone seem to be enjoying it?
JC: Yes sir, we all had a great time. We're all ready to get down there.
JJ: What did the coaches have to say when you talked to them?
JC: They talked about how they’re ready for me to get down there. They talked about how South Alabama has a bright future.
JJ: Do you have an official set up yet?
JC: Yes sir, later on in the year.
JJ: Are you planning to visit anywhere else?
JC: No, sir, just South. I'm ready to get to work with the DL coaches and grad assistants who recruited me.