Football’s Dontrez Johnson Signs with Walsh University

MACON, Ga. – The Class of 2016 is getting accustomed to athletic signings.

For the ninth time in the 2015-16 academic year, a FPD student-athlete has signed a national letter of intent to compete at the collegiate level.

The most recent of those individuals is senior Dontrez Johnson, who inked a scholarship to play football with Walsh University in Ohio on Friday, May 6 in the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

The signing is the third this season for the football program as Brad Powell signed with Mercer University and Reggie Gantt with Stetson earlier this year.

“It’s always very fulfilling to see a kid realize a dream and for that dream to come true,” FPD head football coach Greg Moore said. “He’s worked very hard to chase that dream and there were times that it looked like it wasn’t going to pan out. But through prayer and searching, Walsh (University) and Dontrez found each other and the rest is history.”

Johnson helped the Vikings advance to the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament in his senior season.

He rushed for 760 yards on 125 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per carry en route to scoring 11 touchdowns.

He also played on the defensive end, totaling 52 tackles, five for a loss, and nabbed two interceptions.

“It’s been a long journey and I’m proud and blessed to be in the position I am today,” Johnson said. “FPD has meant the world to me with the support and the love from everyone. I wouldn’t be where I am today without FPD.”

The awards Johnson accumulated in his senior campaign speak to his talents.

He was a member of the GHSA Class-A All-Region 7 Team, a Macon Touchdown Club Player of the Week, a Gridiron Game of the Week (Player of the Game) and the recipient of the Austin Childers Attitude Award at end-of-the-year banquet.

As Johnson moves on to Walsh, Moore knows there will be some adjustments Johnson will have to make, but that he possesses something many players don’t.

“There will definitely be some changes from the high school to college level for Dontrez,” Moore said. “But what he has is a big heart. He won’t need to adjust that. He has such a tremendous work ethic and if he stays grounded in what he knows and believes, there will be great days ahead for him.”

Johnson joins eight other signees for the Class of 2016, the second-most ever in school history: Josh Miller (Embry-Riddle, track & field), Maggie Johnston (Samford, track & field), Michael Durham (Auburn, tennis), Miller Durham (Kennesaw State, tennis), Reggie Gantt (Stetson, football), Brad Powell (Mercer, football), Robby Watson (Southern Miss, track & field), Bo Fricks (Western Carolina, baseball).

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