Rayville defensive lineman Gerrand Johnson was so ready to commit to ULM he moved up a visit in July to this week to let Coach Todd Berry and the ULM staff that ULM was where he wanted to play college football.
"I took all the glamor and glitter that all these big schools were offering and I found out they are all the same", said Johnson. "It's more fulfilling to me to get to the top than to start on the top. I want to build my own house at ULM, not be apart of something someone else built".
"I already had it in my mind that I wanted to commit to ULM but I had to make sure I wasn't making a pulse decision".
"I visited Mississippi State this past Monday and I had a good visit but I left there knowing where I wanted to go".
Johnson is used primarily as a DT at Rayville but participates on the punt and field goal block teams as well. "I blocked three punts last year". On one of them I blocked the up back so deep that the punter actually kicked the ball between his legs".
At ULM Gerrand says the Warhawks have another position in mind for him. "They like me at DE". I am looking forward to it. I really love the 3-3-5 defense, its organized chaos".
"I just can't wait to contribute to the success of ULM and be a part of it. I had written all the schools in Louisiana off until I took a visit to ULM. Coach Berry sold me on the University and what they are building there. He's a great coach and I can't wait to play for him".
Johnson enters his senior season at 6'2 and 270 pounds. He registered 91 tackles and 7 sacks as a junior and was a 1st team All State selection.
Warhawk Nation will have highlights of Johnson's junior season in the coming weeks.
Gerrand joins local wide out Justin Ginyard of Ouachita as the second local prospect to commit to the Warhawks. ULM is looking to land a couple more before this class is finished. DeMarcus Hodge of Neville, Vincent Moore and Teshadi Talton of River Oaks, and Tyler Cain and Paul Turner of West Monroe to name a few.
Johnson was holding 9 scholarship offers. Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, and Nebraska had offered Gerrand.