Patience can be a virtue in recruiting, and it certainly paid off for Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney. Wednesday morning, the Tigers added wide receiver Denzel Johnson (6-2, 191) of Columbia’s AC Flora High School to their 2015 recruiting haul.
Johnson was overlooked by the major schools during the fall because of academic concerns.
Johnson took official visits to Towson, Clemson, S.C. State and Massachusetts. He also drew interest from South Carolina, but the Gamecocks only offered a grayshirt opportunity. Johnson wanted to play at the highest level, and Clemson afforded him that opportunity if only he could qualify on the test and get his GPA high enough for admission.
Swinney reassured Johnson on several occasions that he would hold a scholarship for him if he completes the academic work. Johnson set his mind to the task and he got the work done.
“I just feel like home there,” Johnson said of Clemson. “All the coaches I talked to, all the players, it’s like a family.”
Johnson had a excellent senior season with 69 catches for 910 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a safety, he had 60 tackles and two interceptions. He capped his high school career with three catches for 58 yards and two tackles in the Touchstone Energy North-South Game and earned one of the MVP awards.