Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle quarterback – and 2020 Michigan commit – J.D. Johnson was forced to discontinue his football career due to a serious medical issue:
First of all, that’s a terrible turn of events for Johnson, who has known about the issue for a while but thought it could be corrected surgically. It has to be scary and disappointing and frustrating. I feel bad for him and his family.
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Second – and much less importantly – it leaves Michigan without a quarterback commit in the 2020 class. Every other offered quarterback in the 2020 class has committed to another school already, so Michigan may need to re-open communication with some of them or send out some new offers.
Third, I have seen a lot of emotional responses to the fact that Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are going to honor Johnson’s commitment by giving him a medical scholarship and giving him a place on the staff when he comes to Ann Arbor. I’m certainly not saying anything bad about Harbaugh – it’s a great move. But we should not be surprised about this development. Michigan has done this type of thing before with Austin Hatch (a basketball player under John Beilein) and Corey Malone-Hatcher (2017 football class), both of whom suffered setbacks prior to playing for Michigan, along with various Michigan players whose careers ended early due to injury (Grant Newsome, Antonio Poole, etc.).
Johnson is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #16 pro-style quarterback, and #384 overall. I had given him a TTB Rating of 81.
Michigan now has 23 commits in the class of 2020.
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