The University of Virginia football program has once again dipped into the state of Louisiana for a recruit. Donovan Johnson, a 6’2”, 180-pound safety prospect out of Helen Cox High School (Harvey, LA), announced on Father’s Day 2019 that he is “fully committed” to the Cavaliers.
— Donovan Johnson (@donovanj_) June 16, 2019
Johnson, a rising senior, gives Virginia six commitments in the class of 2020. The Hoos signed two Louisiana prospects in the class of 2019 and landed a pledge from Alexandria (LA) star defensive back Ja’Darius Clark earlier in this class, although it should be noted that Clark continues to evaluate other schools despite his commitment.
Johnson considered scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Kansas, Miami and Utah, among others, before committing to the Cavaliers. He committed to the Hoos following an official visit this weekend. He took an official to Arizona earlier this year and had scheduled an official visit to Kansas for next week. Whether Johnson follows through on the visit to Lawrence is unclear.
The 2018 honorable mention Class 4A all-state selection helped Helen Cox to a 6-6 record last season, which included the school’s first playoff victory in a decade. Johnson had nine tackles and two interceptions in the playoff victory, a 19-14 decision over North DeSoto.
Rankings-wise, Johnson is a 3-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals. Rivals rates him as the no. 25 safety in the nation in his class and the no. 19 rising senior in Louisiana. 247Sports ranks Johnson as the no. 41 safety in his class and the no. 27 overall rising senior in Louisiana.
Virginia Football’s 2020 Class
– Jahmeer Carter, Defensive Lineman, Archbishop Spalding (Severn, MD)
– Jimmy Christ, Offensive Lineman, Dominion (Sterling, VA)
– Ja’Darius Clark, Defensive Back, Alexandria (LA)
– Lavel Davis Jr., Wide Receiver, Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.)
– Donovan Johnson, Safety, Helen Cox (Harvey, LA)
– Jestus Johnson, Offensive Lineman, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)