Jafonta Johnson, a 6'4" 235 lb. defensive end from Syracuse, New York has committed to play football for Villanova per syracuse.com. Johnson took an official visit to the Main Line this past weekend and was impressed enough to give Andy Talley his verbal commitment.
Johnson was a 2nd-team All-State selection and also a 1st-team All-CNY selection this past season, in which he recorded 12.5 sacks for Henninger High School. He also held offers from Buffalo, Maine, New Hampshire and Wagner. Per his coach, Dave Kline, Johnson has family in Philadelphia and once Villanova offered he was "very excited."
Johnson has good size for the position, but is joining a deep group returning a lot of talent on the edge of the defensive line and will have to work hard to see immediate playing time. Villanova has Tanoh Kpassagnon, Noble Ajakaiye, Austin Calitro, Mike Williams and Eric Drains back next season - all saw good minutes in the rotation.
Johnson joins 12 other known commitments in the Villanova football 2015 class: RB Jarrett McClenton, DL Bryan White, OL Keegan Sheedy, OL Louie Csaszar, RB D'Andre Pollard, QB Adeyemi Da Silva, LB Drew Wiley, ATH Brandon Chadbourn, OL Ethan Greenidge, LB Anthony Malaguti, RB Aaron Forbes and WR/TE Simon Bingelis.