Tampa Jesuit (FL) senior tight-end Travis Johnson picked up offers from Florida, Notre Dame, LSU, Clemson, among others throughout the 2013 recruiting cycle. However, the nation’s 12th best tight-end prospect concluded Cincinnati was the best place for him both academically and athletically.
“I’m from Florida, and I really wanted to get away,” Johnson said. “I wanted to go to a school out of state that could offer me academic value and athletic value.”
“The big thing for me is that I can get a degree and also play for a team that has performed well in recent years. Cincinnati is a great program and a great fit for me.”
Coach Eddie Gran has a special role in his offensive scheme for Johnson.
“Coach Gran and Coach (Darin) Hinshaw have talked with me a lot about how they will use me,” Johnson said. “They plan on using the tight-end a lot in their system which is great. I’m looking forward to getting on campus and learning more about my role.”
Early playing time is definitely a possibility for the Jesuit High School star.
“Early playing time would be huge for me,” Johnson said. “I’ve been working hard since football ended to get my weight up. I think I have the ability to make an early impact.”
“I’ve been working alot on footwork and agility. I want to come in and perform well for all the coaches.”
Johnson, who also stars on the hardwood, broke down his play as a tight-end for BCL.
“I think transitioning from receiver to tight-end really gave me an edge,” Johnson said. “I have a better feel of route-running, and I can handle quicker defensive backs. I’m pretty confident in myself to beat linebackers and stretch the field.”
Johnson wants to achieve one specific goal during his career at Cincinnati.
“I just want to come in and give my best every single day. I know if I do that I’ll be able to get to the next level. I’m going to give my all to help the team win.”
Despite Jesuit High School’s run-oriented approach, Johnson was able to rack up 64 receptions, 943 yards, and 8 touchdowns throughout his junior and senior seasons combined. He participated in "The Opening", an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus.
Johnson is considered the 356th best prospect in the nation according to 247sports composite rankings.