Lane Kiffin had reportedly targeted a former Alabama quarterback prior to being hired by Florida Atlantic. For now, he’ll have to settle for a former one from Florida State.
Tuesday, FAU officially announced the hiring of Kiffin as the Owls’ new head coach. A day later, 247Sports.com is reporting, Kiffin has his first signee as East Mississippi Community College quarterback De'Andre Johnson has put pen to paper with FAU.
The recruiting website currently has Johnson ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country for JUCO prospects. Johnson was a four-star member of Florida State’s 2015 recruiting class who left the Seminoles under a cloud of controversy.
In June of last year, Johnson was indefinitely suspended by FSU after being accused of punching a woman at a bar. He was subsequently charged with misdemeanor battery as video of the incident emerged.
One day after the video surfaced, Johnson was dismissed.
Johnson will be eligible to play for Kiffin immediately at FAU. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.