Gonzaga junior quarterback Nick Johns committed to play football at Virginia Tuesday, announcing his decision via Twitter after narrowing his long list of offers to the Cavaliers, N.C. State and Maryland.
“It doesn’t get much better than UVA with life after football in getting a great degree and I also feel like their pro-style offense fits my skill set,” said Johns, who plans to major in finance. “I feel like it’s a great team that’s going to improve and I think I can help them get better.”
Johns said that he will likely redshirt his freshman before competing for the starting spot while joining a recruiting class that ranked among the best in the nation this past season and included National Gatorade Player of the Year Andrew Brown from Oscar Smith.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback threw for 963 yards and five touchdowns in six games for the Eagles this past fall before suffering a season-ending collarbone injury. But Johns emerged from this setback and put together a strong showing at various combines this spring, including last month’s regional Elite 11 and National Football Training Camp in Virginia, where he displayed a quick release and solid arm strength.
“I actually feel like I’m a little underrated because of the injury,” Johns said. “But I’ve improved my arm strength, gained about 10 pounds and I feel like I’m faster and stronger too.”
Johns is the second player from Gonzaga’s highly touted 2015 class to commit to a Football Bowl Subdivision school this spring. Junior offensive lineman Richie Petitbon (pictured above) pledged to play football at Alabama in April, Meantime, running back Reggie Corbin holds offers from Illinois, Old Dominion, Toledo and Washington State, and wide receiver Jabari Greenwood has garnered 12 offers from the likes of Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Virginia.
Check back later for more from Johns on his commitment.
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