A sudden change for Dunbar's Johnson
Dunbar senior linebacker Javarie Johnson is now headed to Maryland, after committing to Miami last June and spending the past six months very confident in that decision.
Johnson, a second-team All-Met, took his official visit to Miami last month, and was set to enroll in time for the Spring semester, which begins Jan. 19. Something, however, arose in the past couple of weeks that forced the sudden change.
"Things didn't work out for him at Miami," Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies said. "It's probably the best thing for all parties." He declined to elaborate any further.
Speculation among several coaches was that the 6-foot4, 210-pound Johnson did not meet Miami's admissions standards, which Jefferies denied, saying, "It didn't have anything to do with academics. Hr was right at it with all the academic requirements."
While Johnson scurried to find another school, he was hamstrung by both the timing of this change and his desire to enroll for this semester. For example, two of the schools he was considering, Michigan and Michigan State, started classes Jan. 6 and 11, respectively.
According to one area coach close to the Maryland program, "Everyone's kind of puzzled with this one."
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