The disappointing start to this season hasn’t deterred some from wanting to be a Bearcat. Bearcat Lair spoke with Isaac Johnson on Wednesday and learned that he has enrolled at the University of Cincinnati and could be joining the Bearcat football team as early as today (Thursday). The Boston College transfer will need to sit out the remainder of this season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot, 190 pound Johnson reportedly left Boston College for “personal reasons” so he was asked if he could further explain his situation.
“It was academic stuff,” said Johnson. “I wanted to have a different major and was having trouble with that, and as far as the social life, I just didn’t feel comfortable there around campus.”
Johnson was majoring in sociology but wanted to major in criminal justice. At Cincinnati, he’ll be able to pursue the major he wants.
Although considered the top Massachusetts running back in the class of 2008, Johnson has played cornerback for the Eagles. As a true freshman, he made 14 tackles including a tackle for loss. Last season, Johnson appeared in 12 games making one start. He was credited with 27 tackles and an interception, but this summer he was expected to become a starter.
Because he was unhappy at Boston College, he left the team for a week during its summer camp but did eventually return. Missing that time cost him a starting assignment, and he did not play in B. C.’s opening game against Weber State. Not long afterward, he decided to leave the program for good.
Johnson said he also considered transferring to Southern Cal before deciding on the Bearcats.
“I’ve always liked Cincinnati since I was a kid, and I felt this was a good time to get away. I couldn’t go to another school in the ACC, and I felt Cincinnati is also a very good program.”
Possessing 4.45 forty speed, Johnson said he will continue to play cornerback at UC.
Since National Signing Day in February, Jones has added four transfers from BCS institutions in an effort to add some much needed depth to the Cincinnati roster. In addition to Johnson, Kenbrell Thompkins transferred in the spring after signing with Tennessee last December. Jordan Luallen made the move to UC from Georgia Tech during summer camp, and Patrick White left Michigan State this week to become a Bearcat.