DJ Johnson confirms that he will transfer to Oregon after spending one year at Miami.
DJ Johnson, a former four-star defensive end, announced his intention to transfer after his freshman season at The U last Tuesday.
In his tweet about the move, Johnson, a California native, said he has “close family members going through severe health issues” that he wants to be closer to, but also says he loved Miami.
Johnson is heading to Oregon to play for Mario Cristobal, coincidentally a Miami alumnus. It is unclear if he intended it, but in confirming the move to ScoopDuck, it kind of seems like he takes a shot at Mark Richt’s staff.
“Oregon has coaches that actually care about me as a person and want me to grow as a person whiles also growing as a football player,” Johnson told ScoopDuck. “That’s rare. They also feel that I can help change the culture of the team and improve the defense that’s already been improving. Lots of love felt already but more than anything I’m looking forward to gaining the trust of the players and coaches on and off the field.”
Of course, he may not be contrasting Oregon from Miami with “actually care” and “that’s rare,” but it is definitely interesting phrasing.
He also discussed Oregon’s proximity to his hometown of Sacramento.
“Eugene is just over an hour long flight from Sacramento. That means my mom and my dad can come up easily and see me, or I can get down to see them.”
Johnson played in eight games as a true freshman for the ‘Canes, recording three total tackles. He had 100 reported scholarship offers as a high school player. According to ScoopDuck‘s report, there is a chance that he’ll be allowed to play for the Ducks next fall without sitting out a season.