Next up for Meet the Newbies is another incoming Linebacker. Bradley Johnson is a 6’1″ 210 lb lineback coming to us via Dinwiddie High School down in Virginia (just southwest of Petersburg to be exact). While at Dinwiddie HS Bradley recorded 124 tackles and 4 interceptions in 2008. His Junior year was equally impressive with 113 tackles. That was enough to get him ranked the 21st player in Virginia by Rivals.com. Rivals also had him at the 22nd best Outside Linebacker in the Nation. Over at Scout.com they have Bradley Johnson as the 56 best weakside linebacker in the nation.
Bradley lists EJ Henderson as his all time favorite Terp, which says a lot to me. For one EJ graduated in 2002, so that means Bradley Johnson has been watching Maryland football for a while. Now 2002 doesn’t seem too long ago, but to a kid who graduated high school in 2009, that means EJ Henderson graduated while Bradley was in 7th grade. I think everyone can agree that EJ was a great Terp and a great role model for future Terps, so let’s hope Bradley Johnson can follow in his footsteps.
Going back to the stats, Bradley has a 40 time of 4.7. He also considered WVU, VT, South Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, and nearby Richmond. Luckily for us he picked the Terps. On a personal note he enjoys fishing, had a 3.0 in high school, and plans to major in Business. He was also born on September 25, 1991 which makes him one of the younger kids coming in to College Park this fall.
Now instead of looking up this date and history I just wanted to touch on something. Bradley Johnson, though from Virginia, shares the same name as Bradley Johnson, a famous Confederate General from Frederick, Maryland. The name is probably where the similarities end, but I found it pretty interesting that our State’s Football team has a player with the same name as one of our State’s historical figures. But that’s probably just me. Everyone else is probably saying who cares!
Regardless, welcome to Maryland Bradley Johnson. We wish you the best, and will cheer you each step of the way as you work towards filling the shoes of the great EJ Henderson.
This could in fact be made it’s own post, but Congratulations to the University of Maryland who was named to the list of top 10 Athletic Programs in the Nation. Both Men’s Soccer, and Woman’s Lacrosse, who both won the National Championship, which certainly helped, but the Terps were also aided by 5 ACC titles, and by having 18 teams reach their respective post season. Let’s hope the Terps can keep it up in 2009-2010 as well as all the other years yet to come.