Cumberland Times-News

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June 9, 2014

Fort Hill’s Johnson makes commitment to Maryland football

All-State back averaged 17.4 yards per carry, scored 23 touchdowns for state champions

CUMBERLAND — Fort Hill junior speedster Ty Johnson, who helped lead the Sentinels to the Class 1A state championship and was later named the Cumberland Times-News High School Football Player of the Year, has received and accepted an offer to play football for the University of Maryland Terrapins.

Johnson made the verbal
commitment to Maryland head coach Randy Edsall in College Park on Sunday, the Times-News has learned.

The commitment caps a big junior year for Johnson, who ran for 1,254 yards, averaged a whopping 17.4 yards per carry and scored 23 touchdowns for coach Todd Appel’s Sentinels, who beat Frederick Douglass 25-0 to cap a perfect 14-0 season and win the school’s third football state title and first since 1997.

The 5-11, 170-pound running back and defensive back was the Offensive Player of the Game in last fall’s Homecoming game, led the area with 10 interceptions, was a
first-team Class 1A/2AAll-State all-purpose back, and also led the Sentinels to the West Region track and field championship by winning the long jump and running on the winning 4x200 relay team.

He was also the recipient of the Jim Turner Award, which goes to Fort Hill’s outstanding male student-athlete of the junior class.

Johnson’s decision came one day after Frankfort High quarterback Gage Shaffer had made a verbal commitment to the Terps.

Additional information on Johnson’s commitment will be featured in Tuesday’s Times-News.

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