Michigan State announced on Friday it has informed football recruit Steffan Johnson that he will not be a part of the program following his arrest Thursday in North Port.
Johnson, the former Venice High star, was expected to play cornerback for the Spartans. He signed with the school in December.
He was arrested in North Port for extortion, directing or promoting sexual performance by a child, according to police documents. Johnson is accused of threatening a juvenile female with posting sexual videos on social media.
He spent his first two years of high school at North Port. He became the Bobcats’ starting quarterback as a sophomore, throwing for 525 yards with no touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 3-7 team.
He transferred to Venice as a junior and, after playing the first half of the season at cornerback, returned to the quarterback position. He went on to rush for 984 yards and 13 touchdowns, while passing for 404 yards, 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
His senior year saw another position change when transfer Colin Blazek won the starting quarterback job. He played all over on offense for the Indians, seeing time at running back (rushing for a total of 395 yards and 8 TDs) and receiver (31 receptions for 350 yards and 3 TDs), as well as limited time at QB (2-of-4 for 63 yards and a TD).
But it may have been his play at cornerback (15 tackles, three passes defended and a fumble recovery) that caught Michigan State’s attention.
Johnson also ran track and was part of the Venice 4x100 relay team that finished in first in the district meet. The school has confirmed that he will not participate in today’s regional meet.