Netflix’s Last Chance U introduced us to Jermaine Johnson, one of the top junior college prospects in the country. He played for Independence Community College in Kansas under Coach Jason Brown, and now he’s doing well for himself. Where is the lineman prospect now? Our Jermaine Johnson wiki has all the answers.
|About Jermaine Johnson|
|Birth||January 7, 1999|
|Height||6 feet 5 inches|
|Alumni||Independence Community College, Eden Prairie Senior High School|
|Hometown||Eden Prairie, Minnesota|
Jermaine Johnson Is from Minnesota
Jermaine Johnson was born on January 7, 1999 and hails from Eden Prairie in Minnesota. His mother, June Roose, is based there and was previously working in a local store.
Turned 20 today… Thank you Lord pic.twitter.com/OjbHSjLCAF
— Jermaine Johnson II (@ii_jermaine) January 7, 2019
Both Jermaine and his older brother, Vadell, are football players who graduated from Eden Prairie Senior High School. Jermaine would go on to attend Independence Community College in Kansas, and Vadell would later follow him there.
Johnson Opted to Attend Independence Community College
Jermaine is a formidable presence on the gridiron, making him a top prospect in the country. Ideally, his status as a high school football star should have earned him offers from Division I programs. But to his dismay, he didn’t get any.
His less-than-desirable GPA of 1.9 left him with no collegiate offers and meant he had to move to Kansas to attend Independence Community College if he wanted to continue his football dream.
“I was forced to go JUCO or not play anymore. I take full responsibility. I didn’t handle what I was supposed to. It was just bad grades and making bad decisions. It landed me at Independence, and I’m fortunate enough to have turned things around,” said Johnson.
Jermaine always knew he had the abilities for a Division I program. So coming to ICC was a big adjustment. “I just arrived in the middle-of-nowhere Kansas and I didn’t know if I’d ever play football at the big stage. I was broken down, rebuilt and found out who I really am.”
Turns out the decision served him well. His stats improved and he stood out on Last Chance U. He raised his GPA to 3.0, earned an associate’s degree, and is on the path to play football like he’s meant to.
Multiple publications ranked him in top 5 for 2019 JUCO prospects. In 2018, he was fielding offers from Minnesota, USC, Texas, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona State, Georgia, Arizona, Miami, UCLA, and more.
Coach Brown Brought Johnson’s Brother to ICC
Jermaine’s older brother Vadell graduated from high school in 2013 and was attending Central Lakes Community College in Minnesota. Like Jermaine, Vadell, too, didn’t earn any collegiate offers despite being a talented player.
But he had no choice but to drop out of college when their mother suffered a terrible spinal injury after slipping on ice in the driveway. With Roose unable to work, her older son took on the responsibilities of the household and found a job.
Vadell put aside his dreams so that Jermaine wouldn’t have to. Jason Brown, who was head coach of the ICC Pirates until he resigned in 2019, learned of the Johnson family situation and offered Vadell a position on the Pirates team.
“The rest is history,” Jermaine said. “Coach Brown changed my life in many ways. And not only for that, he expected my best in everything and knew when I was slacking—even if I seemed to do exceptionally well.”
Roose also recovered from injuries and is back to work. Vadell was listed on the ICC roster for the 2018-19 season. In spring, he’s expected to enroll at Minnesota State University to play Division II football for one season of eligibility.
Where Is Jermaine Johnson Now?
Since improving athletically and academically, Jermaine rose to become one of the top JUCO prospects in the country. That earned him the Power Five offers he deserved.
After his final junior college season, Johnson committed to the University of Georgia in August 2018 and officially enrolled in December. He’s currently playing for the Georgia Bulldogs, and caught everyone’s attention from his very first game.
Lately, he’s also getting attention for coming to the defense of Jason Brown. The embattled coach wasn’t seen as very likeable on Last Chance U and left ICC after a controversy. He’s also facing felony charges and seems unpopular in general on the Netflix docuseries.
However, the Johnson brothers have great admiration for Coach Brown. Amid the controversy, Jermaine stood up for Brown in a tweet. His words are in line with those of his ICC teammate, Malik Henry, who also said that the show didn’t depict Brown’s father figure side.
Man that’s my dawg. He showed a lot of tough love lol but y’all ain’t see all the times he pulled me and other players to the side and showed us that personal support and reassurance that, in my opinion are important to a players development and success.All love @TheRealCoach_JB https://t.co/t1OZL0lvtQ
— Jermaine Johnson II (@ii_jermaine) July 23, 2019
Jermaine is currently dating a girl named Emma Marti. Jermaine’s girlfriend appears frequently on his Instagram stories. He also features on her Twitter.
happy birthday and happy eight months to my best friend!!! I love you so much 😍😇❤️💝 pic.twitter.com/MRxCI1P7NR
— emma marti (@emmarti16) January 8, 2017