Former Georgia defensive back Rico Johnson received some good news on Thursday when he was cleared to play football again. Johnson hasn’t been enrolled at Georgia since 2015 and will not be rejoining the Bulldogs.
Johnson was medically disqualified in 2014 — his freshman season — after it was discovered he had a neurological condition, but he remained on scholarship. At the time, it was decided that it wasn’t safe for him to play football without risking a permanent spinal cord injury. However, Johnson took to twitter to share good news.
Happy to be 100% cleared to play the game I love the most ???
— Rico Johnson (@Ric_johnson7) August 4, 2016
Johnson was a 4-star prospect coming out of Swainsboro High School, and attended Georgia Prep Sports Academy after. He appeared in four games during the 2014 season before the injury was discovered. He recorded five tackles and forced a fumble.