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Syracuse Football Recruiting: Florida LB Kierston Johnson Chooses The Orange

Johnson is the second linebacker of the class.

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Kierston Johnson -- a three-star linebacker out of Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida -- has committed to Syracuse, as first reported by Stephen Bailey:

Johnson has offers from Appalachian State, Western Kentucky, Marshall, Memphis, USF and others, but his only other Power Five offer is from Maryland. He stands at an even 6-feet, and is listed as three stars on He'll join Canadian Tyrell Richards as the second linebacker commit of the class, although who knows where everyone will be playing with the way Dino Babers likes to move pieces around. He's also the third Florida recruit to choose the harsh winters of Syracuse. Wide receivers Sharod Johnson and Josh Palmer are also out of the Sunshine State. The 2017 recruiting class is now up to 11, with five commitments coming in the last week.

In his junior year, Johnson made 101 tackles in 11 games, 15 of them for loss. He also forced a pair of fumbles, recovered one and recorded 10 sacks. He even caught a touchdown pass in his sophomore season. Lee High School went 7-4 on the year.