Brandon Johnson, a 6-2 wideout who has played at Tennessee for the last four years, announced he is transferring to UCF as a graduate student.
Johnson is originally from the state of Florida, having attended American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale. In five seasons at Tennessee, he caught 79 passes for 969 yards and one touchdown. His best year was his sophomore year in 2017, when he caught 37 balls for 482 yards and his lone career TD in ten games:
Last year, he tallied 19 grabs for 231 yards.
Johnson comes from a sports family. His dad is Charles Johnson, the long-time MLB catcher who led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997.
The elder Johnson played college baseball at the University of Miami, where UCF head baseball coach Greg Lovelady would also eventually play. He retired from MLB in 2005.
Brandon Johnson is also cousins with Chad Johnson, the former Cincinnati Bengals wideout. So clearly being good at catching balls runs in the family.
According to KnoxNews, Johnson will not count against the Knights’ scholarship limits for 2021 since he was a senior in 2020.
Johnson will be expected to fill the holes left in UCF’s wideout corps left by Marlon Williams, Tre Nixon and Jacob Harris, who have all left to take their chances in the NFL, as well as Ja’Cyais Credle, who has entered the transfer portal.
UCF”s top returning wideouts by production are Jaylon Robinson (55 catches, 979 yards, 6 TDs), Ryan O’Keefe (20-391-3), and Amari Johnson (3-26-0).
UCF is also in the market for a new wide receiver coach after Darrell Wyatt left the program. Whoever takes over for him will have a significant task to rebuild that position group.