Former Dunbar LB Javarie Johnson plans to enroll at New Mexico
The D.C. train to Albuquerque is getting another passenger.
After leaving Maryland last week amid academic difficulties during his first semester on campus, former Dunbar linebacker Javarie Johnson has set his sights on New Mexico. Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies said he was sending Johnson's transcript to the school via overnight mail Monday, while Johnson filled out his application online. Johnson hopes to be admitted in time to enroll for the second summer semester, which begins on July 6.
Johson had orally committed to Miami last summer, but things did not work out, and he changed his mind to Maryland in January, and enrolled for the Spring semester. Jefferies said Johnson had difficulty catching up academically and needed to find another option.
Jefferies said Maryland would not release Johnson from his scholarship in order for him to sign with any school from the Big East or Atlantic Coast Conferences. Kansas State and Michigan State had also shown interest in Johnson.
One of the keys to Johnson's transfer was finding a school that has two summer sessions that will allow him to make up enough coursework to be eligible by the time the 2011 season begins. Then, there was one other factor that Lobos Coach Mike Locksley embraced.
"Southwest flies direct to Albuquerque" from BWI Airport, Jefferies joked. "That's part of his recruiting strategy, to find places that have direct flights. You know people like that."
Johnson is the third high-profile transfer with Washington area ties to go to New Mexico this offseason. Johnson's former Dunbar teammate, wide receiver Deon
Leon Long, left West Virginia in April, after spending the fall semester at Hargrave Military Academy, and Lamaar Thomas, a 2007 All-Met at Friendly, arrived from Ohio State three months earlier.
All three players will have to sit out the 2010 season under NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play for the Lobos in 2011. They will join a host of other area players with local ties - a pair from DeMatha, redshirt freshman guard Calvin McDowney, and junior cornerback Emmanuel McPhearson, redshirt freshman wide receiver Myles Daughtry from Clarksburg, redshirt freshman defensive back Emmanuel Fatokun from McKinley, and two sophomores from Dunbar, defensive tackle Reggie Ellis and defensive end Ugo Uzodinma, both of whom transferred from Illinois, and sat out last season.
Five Washington area players signed with the Lobos in February - Coolidge wide receivers Martize Barr and Josh Ford, Friendship Collegiate offensive lineman Earl Johnson, Westlake defensive back Julian Blair and Potomac (Md.) defensive back Devonta Tabannah.
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