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Johnson signs to play football at Butler County Community College

February 20, 2008

Swede Johnson is heading to one of the most prolific junior college football programs in the nation.

The Basehor-Linwood star signed with Butler Community College earlier this month to continue his football career.

"I picked it because of the coaches. I feel comfortable with them," Johnson said. "I just wanted to try this out and see where it goes."

Johnson will receive a full scholarship toward tuition and books.

BCC has won 11 of the last 12 Kansas Junior Community College championships. The school had 14 players sign with Division I programs in the off-season.

Butler has averaged 13 Division I transfer signees a season over the past 10 seasons, with 129 players moving on to major four-year programs.

Johnson is coming off a stellar senior season that included first-team All-KVL honors on both offense and defense for his work in the trenches and being named to the 2008 Kansas Shrine Bowl all-star football team.

Johnson said he is looking forward to playing with some really good athletes.

The current Bobcat said he currently doesn't have ambitions of playing Division I football.

"It would be nice to be appreciated, like someone really wants you to go to their school," Johnson said. "But to me college is a stepping stone into the real world and getting a good job. That is more important to me than playing football. I am looking at the education."

Johnson said Butler coaches came to him early in the football season and wanted him to play.

The parties spoke, and soon thereafter came the scholarship offer, which prompted Johnson to visit the campus. He liked the small-town atmosphere of El Dorado and decided to commit.

BLHS coach Steve Hopkins saw his program send three linemen, Jacob Schierbaum, Ethan Douglas and Johnson, to college programs this year. Schierbaum signed with Washburn and Douglas signed with Kansas State.

"It is a thrill for our coaches, our players and the program," Hopkins said.

"It is the result of the kids' hard work and the training they have received especially our advanced weight training provided by Coach Schwisow, the coaching each of these young men received from Coach Svoboda with the receivers, Coach Johnson with the line, and the success of our program."

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