Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Dontae Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior safety at The Pennington (N.J.) School, has verbally committed to North Carolina State.
Johnson chose the Wolfpack over Maryland and UConn.
“I called N.C. State today and told them,” Johnson said Sunday night. “I had a gut feeling from sitting down and visiting and talking to the coaches. I just felt comfortable there.”
Johnson visited the campus twice, once last spring and again in the summer.
He is ranked No. 30 nationally among safeties. Johnson said he wasn’t certain if he would redshirt next year or play right away.
“They say I’ll be playing the free guy back there,” Johnson said. “I’ll play whatever is needed, the pass or the run.”
A hall proctor and a member of the Peer Leadership Program, Johnson maintains a 3.7 grade GPA.
For now, he’s just glad to have the decision over with.
“Yeah, definitely it’s a weight of your shoulders now,” he said. “But the work’s never over. It’s never done.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.