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Cincinnati scores big with Johnson commit

New Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville got a huge pickup on signing day, when four-star tight end Travis Johnson announced he would play for the Bearcats.

Johnson, ranked No. 162 on the ESPN 300, was an early Miami commitment but opened up his recruitment in December. Many thought he may stay close to his home in Tampa and sign with USF. But during a signing ceremony at his high school, Johnson said Cincinnati offered him the opportunity to leave home and play immediately.

"Basically, I wanted to get out of the state of Florida and be in a different environment," Johnson told The Tampa Tribune. "I know if I do make it to the next level I'll be traveling all the time and I need to get acclimated to cold weather. I just felt really comfortable with the coaching staff at Cincinnati."

Johnson is the lone four-star prospect to commit to Cincinnati so far, giving a big boost to Tuberville's first class. It's an even bigger commit when you consider the Bearcats were able to snag a player out of a Big East rival's backyard. Cincinnati did lose one to USF later in the day, however, when three-star running back Darius Tice flipped to the Bulls.