June 8 was a big day for Maryland. That’s when athlete Fort Hill RB/DB Ty Johnson made his commitment to Maryland, just hours after receiving an offer from the hometown Terrapins. Johnson’s tireless hard work and talent earned him a scholarship offer from his recruiting coordinator Chad Wilt, and Johnson made his decision quickly to become a Terp.
Johnson recalled his visit to Maryland and his encounter with defensive line coach Chad Wilt on the day he made his commitment.”
“Coach Wilt is a great guy and it was awesome talking to him,” Johnson told TerrapinStationMD. “We were both just so fired up to talk to each other. Then when I was around all the coaches and I took in the atmosphere, I knew that I could make this my home for the next four years.”
Johnson, a hometown product, is currently listed at running back, but depending on the rest of the 2015 class as well as his senior season, Johnson said he could very well end up at cornerback. But the position change doesn’t matter to him.
“I want to work hard and be that guy that the staff can rely on. When they need me, I want to be ready and help whichever way I can.”
The versatile running back ran a 4.38 40-time at Maryland’s camp, displaying has lighting quick speed that allows him to break away from his defenders in an instant. Although he’s just 5’10”, Johnson’s footwork and speed allows him to go the distance, justifying his 17.4 yards-per-carry during his junior season. He finished with 16 touchdowns and 22.1 yards per catch on 15 receptions on the year.
On defense, Johnson recorded 50 tackles and 10 interceptions, which is why the staff has not ruled out the idea of him playing cornerback in college. An under-the-radar recruit, Johnson would be a great slot corner that can stick with the speedy receivers.
As any recruit, Johnson has improvement in order to be college ready come 2015. But he gave a message for Terp nation.
“I just want everyone to know that I’m humble but hungry, and every day I will keep fighting to get better. When the team needs me, I’m going to be that guy.”
Johnson’s work ethic and perseverance is exactly the type of player every coach dreams of. As guys like Joe Vellano, AJ Francis and Torrey Smith have taught us, attitude and hard work is everything, and Johnson fits the bill.