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May 31, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Heading to Pioneer Country

Johnson makes it official with college signing to Wayland Baptist University on Tuesday

ATHENS — The Athens Hornets football program wrapped up their signings for the 2013 academic year as Javonte Johnson signed with Wayland Baptist University.

The senior captain wrapped up his high school career as the leading receiver (14-247-2 TD), finished with 23 tackles, and was the leading kickoff and punt returner for the Hornets.

“I am very proud of Javonte because I remember four years ago when I came on campus here as the new athletic director and head football coach he was a skinny little kid,” AHS head football coach Paul Essary said. “He has worked tremendously hard the last four years and he has developed everything that God has given him and more.”

The two touchdowns this season came during the preseason against Gladewater and Spring Hill.

In the Spring Hill game, Johnson opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown strike and had a highlight reel catch on a 61-yard tipped pass down the sideline from Anthony Sanders.

Javonte said the biggest draw to  the West Texas school was the coaching staff and head coach Butch Henderson.

He said the Pioneers are looking at him in multiple spots as a receiver, cornerback and safety.

Johnson said he wanted to get this done before graduation next week and he is ready to play in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

“It was real important and I am excited to be going some where and to be able to play,” Johnson said. “It is real big and I am nervous. I get that way every time I think about it and it is in West Texas so it will be different.”

Essary said Johnson leadership played a big role in his development as a college level player.

“Javonte did a super job and was a team player,” Essary said. “He is a prime example of what can happen when people have a dream and they get set to work towards their dream.”

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