Though Maryland football has struggled to start the season, safety Jeremiah Johnson is firmly committed to the Terrapins.
The Suitland High School (Md.) senior, who committed to the Terps on June 30, continues to stay in touch with the Maryland coaching staff.
I just got off the phone with Coach (James) Franklin and Coach (Don) Brown, said Johnson. We talk about my season more than Maryland's season.
Brown, the defensive coordinator, has been impressed with Johnson's game.
Coach Brown says he likes my press coverage, so I'll be playing a lot of Cover 2, hopefully,Johnson said.
Though he may not talk about Maryland's season with the coaches, Johnson is aware of the Terps' on-field exploits. The Terps have struggled, but Johnson sees some positive signs for the program.
I thought defensively they didn't do badly last week. They only gave up only about 155 yards entering the fourth quarter. Then they had some breakdowns and let up some big plays late, Johnson said about the Sept. 26 loss to Rutgers. I think they're ready to get over the hump.
Johnson was also able to attend the Terps' overtime victory against James Madison. The experience made Johnson excited about his future at Maryland.
It was a great game, he said. The big stadium. The lights. It's making me anxious.
Excitement about his future, however, has not hindered his play in his final high school season.
It's going well, Johnson said about his season. I don't have any interceptions yet. But we haven't played any passing teams yet. Most of them have liked to run it up the middle. In the first game, I did have about 15 tackles, so that was a great game for me.
Johnson is looking forward to bolstering the Maryland secondary in the coming years. He is even ready for the expectations that come with playing at a major football program. I hope they [the fans] do have high expectations for me, because I have high expectations for myself.