02/22/2019 1:46 PM
The Columbus Lions and defensive back Rico Johnson have announced that they have come to terms for the 2019 NAL season. The highly decorated prep star out of Adrian, Georgia is the next name in long list of SEC-caliber players that the Lions will have manning the defensive side of the ball in 2019.
Rico Johnson (6'0, 185 - Georgia) comes to the Lions as a rookie, and is ready to make an impact in the defensive secondary. Rico joins the Lions after his collegiate career "between the hedges" at the University of Georgia. During his time at Georgia, Johnson was a highly touted athlete that was expected to be the backbone of the Bulldogs' secondary for years to come. Johnson began his collegiate career on fire as he appeared at cornerback his first 4 games as a freshman, making 5 tackles and forcing a fumble. Unfortunately, Johnson was discovered to have an injury during practice that cut his football career in Athens short after those 4 games. A few years later, Johnson was at last cleared to continue his football career, and now looks forward to doing so with the Columbus Lions.
Johnson is originally from Adrian, Georgia and was a highly coveted cornerback coming out of Swainsboro High School. Johnson was a 4-star prospect and played both ways for Swainsboro, before spending a year at the Georgia Prep Sports Academy. From there, Johnson committed to playing in Athens for the University of Georgia.
Stay tuned to find out who the Lions have secured next en route to the 2019 season and 3rd straight National Arena League championship appearance!