Storm Johnson transferring to UCF

Former Miami Hurricanes running back Storm Johnson will transfer to UCF, his father said Friday evening.

The 6-foot, 216-pound Johnson played in 10 games last season as a freshman at Miami. He ran for 119 yards on nine carries last fall for the Hurricanes. The Loganville, Ga., product was ranked as the nation's No. 22 overall recruit by ESPN in the class of 2010.

Johnson, who arrived on the UCF campus Thursday for an official visit, would have to sit out the 2011 season as per NCAA transfer rules, but he does have a redshirt season available.

"Storm met with (UCF coach) George O'Leary today," said Johnson's father, Wes. "He assured Storm that he'll come in in good standing and have a chance to start after he sits out the year. Storm felt comfortable with that. He has a lot of friends there and he's excited about it."

The elder Johnson said his son will begin classes at UCF starting June 22.

Bruce Feldman is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.