Jayce Johnson became the fourth senior member of the Canisius football team to commit to a Division I program when the quarterback announced on Twitter Sunday morning that he's heading to Wagner College on Staten Island.
The All-Western New York third team selection threw for 1,764 yards and 18 touchdowns and added a team-high 713 yards and 15 TDs on the ground during his senior season to lead the Crusaders to an 8-4 record and a Catholic state title game appearance, where they lost to Archbishop Stepinac.
Johnson was honorable mention All-WNY as a junior after leading Canisius to a Catholic state championship, throwing for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in a 50-44 win against Cardinal Hayes in the 2016 final.
"They came to last year’s state championship game and we’ve been talking ever since," Johnson told The News. "The coaches are great guys and they have a couple guys on the roster from the area who made me feel like I was at home during my visit. And they are in search for a guy to play the quarterback position so I’m going in prepared to battle for the spot."
Wagner, which offered Johnson back in November, went 4-7 this past season and received contributions from all three Western New York natives on the roster.
Junior Chris Woodard (North Tonawanda) was named to the Northeast Conference second team at tight end. Defensive back David Thomas, who was a part of the 2015 South Park team that became the first Buffalo Public School to win Section VI and NYSPHSAA titles, had 16 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore. Canisius grad Chris Gangarossa was a reserve offensive lineman as a sophomore.
Other Crusaders with D-I commitments include receiver Paul Woods (Rutgers) and running back Kenyatta Huston (Central Connecticut State), who both put pen to paper during the new early signing period in mid-December, and receiver RJ Brandon (Dartmouth).