Storm Johnson's father said Canes backfield was 'crowded' for his son
Westleigh "Storm" Johnson, coming off a freshman season in which he carried the ball just nine times for 119 yards, but showed a lot of promise with his 71 yard touchdown run in the regular season finale against South Florida, informed coach Al Golden Tuesday afternoon he would like to transfer.
"As of this afternoon, Westleigh Storm Johnson is no longer a part of the University of Miami Football program," UM coach Al Golden said in a statement released through the school Tuesday night.
"When these situations arise, we always assist the student athlete and his family in the transfer process. We wish Storm success in all future endeavors."
Johnson father, Wes, said his son had spoken to Golden "multiple times" about leaving since he took over as coach.
"He wanted to be closer to home. He a mama boy and the backfield is crowded," Johnson Sr. said. "Life is full of surprises. We not broken up. It his life. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions."
Johnson, who finished this spring as the team No. 3 running back, was one of six players reportedly suspended for the season opener against Maryland cheap jerseys a report coach Al Golden would neither confirm nor deny during spring practice.
Johnson (6 0, 216) also was reportedly involved in an April 27 incident at a UM residential hall for which school police were called to the scene.
Johnson Sr. said he had been told his son he was "not suspended" and that none of that played into his son decision.
"He coming home, going to relax, get into a workout regime and he decide within then next couple weeks what he going to do," Westleigh Sr. said. "There nothing else that needs to be said."
Johnson is the fifth player to seek transfer out of UM since the end of the spring. Earlier this month, UM announced linebackers Travis Williams and Kevin Nelson and defensive backs Jamal Reid and Devont Davis were no longer with the program. Defensive lineman Jeffrey Brown, arrested on sexual battery charges, was suspended indefinitely from the team.
> So who becomes the backup if Lamar Miller or Mike James twists an ankle? That would be redshirt freshman Darion Hall. Here a nice story on Hall by his hometown newspaper The Naples Daily News from the spring.
The Canes could also given incoming freshman Kevin Grooms a shot. He was a standout at South Broward High the past two seasons. Or, they could move redshirt sophomore Eduardo Clements back from cornerback. UM has one of the nation top tailbacks committed in its 2012 class, Miami Norland Duke Johnson.
> In other UM news from Tuesday, the Hurricanes received a commitment from 2012 linebacker Raphael Kirby. The 6 1, 215 pound prospect from Stephenson High in Georgia picked UM over Florida, LSU, North Carolina and South Carolina.
These commitments of course are non binding until they sign a National Letter of Intent in February. Kirby has teammates headed to Florida and it wouldn be a surprise if in the wacky world of recruiting he pulls a "late surprising switch."
> cheap nfl jerseys The Hurricanes men basketball team will play at Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 29. The rest of UM 2011 12 schedule has yet to be released.
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this really sucks. loaded backfield or not you dont let a great player like that transfer. besides he have to sit out a year regardless (assuming he doesnt want to go to an fcs school). after this year both james and lamar will be draft eligible. whos to say he wouldnt start here next year anyways? plus theres no way of knowing how the RB situation will work out at another school. if a young UGA or GT RB emerges next year with no chance of losing their starting spot, what then? does he transfer somewhere outside of georgia? not to mention we will soon have one of the best Olines in college football to run behind. i really think it benefits storm to stay, and i really believe he shouldve thought out this decision even more. part of the challenge of moving away is to mature and learn to be an adult. you always have ups and downs. and times when you miss home. the key is to stick with it. it benefit you long term and help to develop that mental fortitude needed to live life on your own. mistake IMO, but good luck to him.
It is not just about keeping great players on your team. They have to be happy and willing to work and buy into your system. You go through a coaching change and some players just won be happy no matter what. This is a big loss but it is less big if the kid wasn gonna be happy here. No problem for us though. Two great backs next year, hall is no joke either and at least one top flight recruit on his way. Do NOT move Clements back, and get the freshman RB over to corner as well. We are fine at RB.