SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - According to a release from the Savannah State Athletic Department, two days before Christmas, SSU offensive lineman Michael Johnson accepted an offer to play in the 2021 SPIRAL Tropical Bowl.
The 2021 Tropical Bowl will be held on January 17 at 11 A.M. and is being streamed live on FloSports.
According to the release, the game is held in held in Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida that showcases elite players to over 20 NFL scouts and general managers. Over 250 bowl alumni are currently sprinkled throughout teams in the NFL.
Johnson graduated in November from Savannah State with a Masters of Business Administration after earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice a year earlier. The release said he was considering using his final year of eligibility to come back to Savannah State this spring, but after being informed that nine NFL teams were scouting him, he decided to go pro.
“I always knew I was going to be good,” Johnson said in the release. “I focus. I stick to myself and I do what the coaches tell me. That’s all that matters. And it worked. I am more nervous than excited. I got to make sure this is a good game. Because I don’t have any film from this year. As long as I show out, they see I can move, it’ll be alright.”
Johnson was contacted by an agent who helped him apply for the Tropical Bowl. The bowl coaches responded quickly with an invitation, saying that Johnson was already on their list of top prospects.
The 6-7, 310lb lineman, who is being recruited as either a guard or tackle, is the first football player from Savannah State to be invited to the Tropical Bowl.
He is a Roanoke, Virginia native.