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It’s signed, sealed and delivered for Darius Johnson Jr.

The Oconee County High School football player will compete at the next level after signing with the Gardner-Webb University football program last month.

While he received other offers, it was a quick commitment to Gardner-Webb.

The Warrior standout said he chose the Bulldogs because the program is a good fit for him and his personality.

Situated in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, it’s not too far from home for Johnson.

“All the stress has gone down a bit now,” Johnson said after officially signing with Gardner-Webb during a signing ceremony held at Oconee County High School. “I feel great.”

During his three-year career with the Warriors, Johnson was a crucial part of the team’s offense and defense that helped Oconee County to two state championship appearances.

He totaled 49 solo tackles during his career and had five interceptions in his senior season alone.

With Johnson’s help, the Warriors enjoyed three region championships, regular deep appearances in the Class AAA state playoffs and two-straight berths in the state championship game.

Johnson was a two-way player at Oconee County, working at wide receiver while patrolling the secondary.

With the Bulldogs though, he said he will play cornerback.

Although his high school career is finished, Johnson hopes he left an impact on the program as not only a great leader, but a good person on and off the field.

Johnson signed his scholarship at Oconee County High School surrounded by friends and family.

“They’ve always been there to support me,” Johnson said.

As a Bulldog, Johnson intends on studying sport management.

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