State championship celebrations are usually times for restrained, honorable celebrations. Sometimes players are overcome with tears at the thought of a long season of accomplishments coming to an end. Sometimes school pride and fight songs come to a loud, cacophonous crescendo.
Evidently someone forgot to mention that traditional protocol to superstar Florida running back Duke Johnson. After turning in one of the most efficiently dominant playoff performances in the country, Johnson did what he clearly had been holding back from doing all postseason: He donned the most preposterous looking headgear connected to his presumptive future college destination that he could get his hands on.
As you can see in the photo above, Johnson is definitely planning on attending the University of Miami. Unless something goes quite astray, the Miami (Fla.) Norland High rusher extraordinaire will eventually sign with the Hurricanes and will probably make an impact sooner rather than later. If there were any questions about his virtually undeniable talent, they should have been answered with his 130-yard state title game performance which included a jaw-dropping five total touchdowns.
Even if Miami decides not to use Johnson as a primary back as a freshman, he should be able to contribute right off the bat on kick returns, as he proved by bringing back a Wakulla (Fla.) High kickoff 60 yards with an incredible burst.
By game's end, Johnson had racked up 266 total yards. Yet, as FlaVarsity.com reported, he flashed the near-universally recognized "the U" hand signal nearly as many times as he touched the ball; an unofficial FlaVarsity count of Hurricane pride cited Johnson throwing up "the U" at least 12 times.