Simon Johnson has one less thing on his plate these days.
It’s a pretty sizable item that he removed last week.
His choice of college to continue with baseball and with his education.
“I chose Dawson Community College (in Glendive, Montana) because it is an ideal situation with what I want out of a school, whether that be athletically or academically,” he said. “It was always the plan to go to a junior college and play/develop my first two years before entering a four-year program. Dawson opens many more doors for my future athletically and academically when it comes to my planned studies in agriculture.”
Johnson was able to take a visit in spite of coronavirus issues.
“I had a visit with coaches Sean Repay and Robby Laughlin, where I committed and was able to receive a campus tour,” Johnson said. “I not only visited the school but was able to experience the great community of Glendive, Montana, as well.”
Johnson said once he saw the school and the town, there was no need of further discussion.
“Dawson provides things that other schools interested in me did not,” he said. “From when I started my recruiting journey, Dawson CC was always at the top of my list. To add to that, I very much agree with the coaching styles of head coach Sean Repay and assistant coach Robby Laughlin. Dawson is a place where I can develop as an athlete and get the proper education for my area of study.”
Johnson took offers from Penn State Schuylkill in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, McPherson (Kansas) College, Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and Berea (Kentucky) College. He wants to study agriculture and livestock management. His goal is to run his own cattle ranch.
“I have always found an interest in animals from the animals I own to helping my girlfriend with her animals that she would show for 4-H at the Adams County Fair,” Johnson said. “Once I became more involved with livestock, I took an immediate interest and knew I wanted to work with livestock. It is something I greatly enjoy and understand.”
Johnson called a coronavirus-forced recruiting process “a little odd.”
“Current college athletes received extra years of eligibility, which possibly hindered recruiting decisions made by coaches and athletes in the graduating class of 2021,” Johnson said. “For me personally, it was somewhat difficult to get updated recruiting film as baseball season was in the midst of the shutdown. It was also more difficult to attend showcases over the summer along with campus visits. But luckily, I was able to visit Dawson, where I was offered a spot on the team and am now able to call home for the next two years.”
Johnson batted .316 and drove in 12 runs for the Bluedevils in 2018. He played travel baseball for a club named Batters Box in 2019. Last year, when coronavirus shut down the Bluedevils’ season, he and two of his high-school teammates played for the Colorado Ducks. There, Johnson hit .562 with 17 doubles and five home runs. His fielding percentage was .985, and he committed just two errors.
He is ready for whatever the next two years throw his way.
“I have been working my whole life to play baseball at the next level, and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to compete as a college athlete while also receiving an education in agriculture and livestock management,” he said. “I am ready to make my family and hometown of Fort Lupton proud, but most importantly, start this new journey and continue to work hard towards my dreams.”
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