The XFL steals their first blue-chip recruit in Georgia commit Myles Johnson

The XFL is a force to be reckoned with
The XFL is a force to be reckoned with / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Myles Johnson was all set to sign with the Georgia Bulldogs but will play in the XFL instead.

Just when you thought there couldn’t be any additional drama for the Georgia Bulldogs and their recruiting class, head coach Kirby Smart has just received some earth-shattering news he’s not going to like. That’s because his top commit will no longer be headed to Athens next summer to begin his Bulldogs career. 

In fact, 5-star running back Myles Johnson won’t even be playing college football at all, as the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder announced on Twitter he’ll be signing on to play in the XFL instead. Talk about a complete and total shocker. 

Johnson becomes the first top recruit to announce his intentions to skip college to head directly to the XFL instead. First-year XFL commissioner ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin was beyond elated when reached by phone to discuss Johnson’s decision, trolling Smart and Georgia at the same time. 

“I’d feel bad if (Myles) Johnson was committed to play for my Texas Longhorns, but I couldn’t care less about Georgia,” Austin said with a laugh. “They’re what, like the fourth- or fifth-best team in the SEC right now? We’re doing Johnson a favor by not having him to play for that overrated program.”

We’re not sure what the beef is between Austin and Smart, but regardless, Johnson won’t have to worry about that after signing his two-year, $4.5 million deal to join Austin’s league. In the latest 247Sports recruiting rankings, Johnson checked in as the No. 1 running back in the country and the No. 3 player overall for the 2030 class. 

When he committed to Georgia last month, he did so over offers from Alabama, Texas, USC, LSU, Oregon, Washington State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and 25 other programs. After rushing for 3,200 yards as a junior last season, Johnson saw his recruitment explode, with every powerhouse in the country wanting him to play for them. 

Thanks to Austin, though, college football fans will have to check out the XFL next season if they really want to see Johnson in action.

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