Tennessee Vols running backs coach David Johnson is officially heading to Florida State, according to a report from VolQuest.
— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) January 4, 2020
Johnson, who joined Tennessee’s staff prior to the 2018 season, coached wide receivers in 2018 and running backs in 2019 for UT. He was a key recruiter for the Vols in the Memphis area.
The New Orleans native told VolQuest that he’s leaving Tennessee to put his son in a better position and so his wife can be closer to home. Johnson added “I just really appreciate everything that Tennessee did for me….They have a support base and not a fan base.”
Another big reason Johnson is leaving for Florida State is his relationship with new Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell. Johnson coached with Norvell in 2016 and 2017 at Memphis. When LSU tried to hire Johnson in 2017, he turned them down in part due to his relationship with Norvell (which Johnson at the time called “key” in his decision to stay at Memphis).
Johnson also told VolQuest that he called the players he recruited that recently signed with Tennessee to let them know about the move.
Jeremy Pruitt will likely move quickly to replace Johnson on his staff, with signing day only a month away.
Here’s a list of six ways (including some creative options) that Tennessee could choose to replace Johnson.
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