Pinnacle is counting on J.D. Johnson to lead the team to its first state football title with 11,000-yard passer Spencer Rattler ineligibile
Richard Obert, azcentral sports
J.D. Johnson wasn’t going to wait for that Washington offer.
As soon as he visited the Big House, the Phoenix Pinnacle junior quarterback was sold on Michigan.
Johnson announced his commitment to the Wolverines on Friday morning, two days after Pinnacle senior quarterback Spencer Rattler signed his national letter of intent with Oklahoma.
“When I went on my unofficial visit, I was blown away by the level of excellence both academically and athletically,” said Johnson, who is 6-foot-4, 195 pounds. “Also over the weekend, I felt a real connection between (quarterbacks) Coach (Pep) Hamilton and Coach (Jim) Harbaugh.”
Johnson played in 11 of the Pioneers’ 13 games this season, starting the last five while Rattler was ineligible. He passed for 2,004 yards and 17 TDs with seven interceptions, completing 123 of 196.
He had received offers from Arizona and South Carolina, before picking up the Michigan offer.
Johnson could have a future college rivalry with Scottsdale Chaparral junior quarterback Jack Miller, who committed last summer to Ohio State.
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