Johnson, the former “Last Chance U” star, played two seasons at FAU, but didn’t make much of an impact on the field, never starting a game. He announced his decision via Twitter.
Forever Grateful ✔️ pic.twitter.com/Y0JL8k79KF
— De’Andre Johnson (@DredaDon14) December 9, 2018
Originally a Florida St. product, Johnson left FSU following his arrest for battery after a video appeared to show him punching a girl in a bar.
He transferred to East Mississippi Community College, where he became famous as the quarterback on the second season of the Netflix docu-series “Last Chance U.”
Johnson transferred to FAU days before the Owls hired Lane Kiffin as coach in December of 2016. He lost a three-way quarterback battle prior to the 2017 FAU season. Johnson played against Navy in the first game of that season, but days later needed emergency surgery to remove blood clots in his arm, ending his season.
Prior to the 2018 season Johnson once again lost a three-way quarterback battle. Late in the season the redshirt junior earned playing time as a change-of-pace quarterback in place of starter Chris Robison.
Johnson did most of his damage with his legs, rushing for 178 yards and averaging 5.1 yards per carry. His touchdown run again Bethune-Cookman – a play on which he doubled back across the field, ran over a potential tackler near the boundary, then raced down the sideline for a 21-yard score – was potentially FAU’s biggest offensive highlight of 2018.
As a passer, Johnson completed 13-of-23 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns against one interception in 2018.
Had Johnson remained at FAU he would have once again found himself in a quarterback batter featuring at least three competitors. Robison returns for his redshirt sophomore season, and redshirt sophomore Nick Tronti, a transfer from Indiana, will enter the mix.
Redshirt freshman Cordel Littlejohn could also join the battle.
Johnson is the second coveted QB recruit to transfer away from FAU in as many season. Daniel Parr, who signed with FAU over Miami out of Palm Beach Gardens-Dwyer, started three games in 2017 before leaving after that season. Parr guided Duquesne to the FCS playoffs this season.
As a graduate transfer, Johnson will be eligible to play at an FBS school immediately. He did not announce a destination.
FAU did not petition the NCAA for a redshirt last season, so Johnson could still potentially play two years at his new school.