NAHS graduate earns Coastal Carolina scholarship

Multi-sport athlete Brett Johnson, a 2009 honors graduate of North Augusta High School, has a new football environment to explore over the next couple of years, having been awarded a full-ride scholarship to Coastal Carolina University.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound linebacker transferred from the Air Force Academy and is now on board to play for the Chanticleers starting with the 2013 campaign, which is to include a road game against South Carolina. It will be followed by a 2014 contest at Clemson.

Advantages include the close-to-home aspect, said Johnson, who was also a letter-winner in basketball, golf and tennis for the Yellow Jackets.

He was at Coastal last year and underwent what he called "a really good spring practice," but later found he was ineligible to play, due to his transfer status. He served solely as a member of the scout team, bagging dean's list honors along the way.

Conditioning for the 2013 team began Tuesday, with Johnson sporting a grade-point average of "about 3.73," he said.

"I'm majoring in health promotion. I'm hoping to go into strength or conditioning ... in a college football program."

He is joining a football program with a high-profile coach: Joe Moglia, "a multimillionaire who once led online broker TD Ameritrade," as he was described in the Virginian-Pilot, of Norfolk, Va. Moglia has a background in collegiate coaching, but made a fortune on Wall Street during a 25-year break from the gridiron. The Chanticleers hired him in December 2011.

Johnson's new neighbors also include Patrick Covington, who coaches the Chanticleers' offensive linemen and was the Air Force coach who recruited Johnson from high school.

Among Chanticleer neighbors from the CSRA are senior Aramis Hillary, from Strom Thurmond High, and junior Matt Hazel, from North Augusta High.