Sabre Scoop: Johns Discusses Decision

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Johns, shown here at Virginia's Junior Day on March 1 (photo courtesy of Johns)
Johns, shown here at Virginia’s Junior Day on March 1 (photo courtesy of Johns). He committed to UVa on May 6.

Following UVa’s annual 7-on-7 tournament in June of 2013, Cavalier head coach Mike London and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Steve Fairchild had seen all they needed to see from Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) class of 2015 quarterback Nick Johns. Virginia offered a scholarship to the 6’3”, 215-pound signal caller, who rewarded the Cavaliers’ recruitment with a verbal commitment.

Johns revealed his college choice yesterday morning but admitted “I talked to Mike London the night before and told him I was going to commit the next day. He thinks my leadership can help get guys, especially around here.”

Virginia made Johns a priority in this class, one of the reasons why the Gonzaga star spurned offers from Maryland and NC State in order to become a Hoo.

“Coach Fairchild told me he wanted me from the get go,” Johns said. “He told me he would stop recruiting quarterbacks if I came. He made me feel like a priority. He told me the straight up truth. My dad played at Penn State. That’s what he learned there, so he likes that type of straight forward personality Coach Fairchild has.”

Johns began focusing strongly on his college decision this past winter, making visits to all three aforementioned schools. He toured others as well, including North Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Some coaches wanted to see him throw during spring practice, so it appeared as though Johns may go through most of May – and possibly