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Canisius grad Jayce Johnson changes his mind, picks Middle Tennessee for basketball

Canisius high school's Jayce Johnson had to make a difficult decision -- football or basketball.

On Friday he announced on Twitter that he was choosing basketball.

Johnson decommitted from Wagner, the school he signed his National Letter of Intent with to play football, and announced he instead will play basketball at Middle Tennessee State.

"This has been quite a process and it all made sense in the end," Johnson wrote on Twitter. "I would like to thank the Wagner football staff for being the first college to believe in me & offer me a scholarship. The love that you showed me didn't go unnoticed, which made decommitting such a tough decision.

"I would like to also thank the schools that have been recruiting me for basketball throughout the spring. I would like to thank everyone who has been with me during this whole process. Through much prayer, I am proud to announce that I will be attending Middle Tennessee State University in the fall to continue my academic and basketball career."

In February, Johnson signed with Wagner after the quarterback led the Crusaders to back-to-back Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association championships and two New York state finals.

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Johnson caught the eye of Wagner during the 2016 New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association championship game. In that contest, Johnson led Canisius to a 50-44 comeback win over Cardinal Hayes in New York City. In that game, Johnson completed 18-of-21 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns during an MVP performance.

In 2017 he passed for 1,764 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for a team-best 713 yards and 15 touchdowns in earning third-team All-Western New York honors.

In basketball, he helped Canisius win a state title in 2016. This year he was a third-team All-Western New York selection after averaging 12.6 points, 6.1 rebounds an 3.4 assists.

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