Rising Cleveland High freshman Treasure Johnson will be headed to Knoxville on Wednesday, in order to prepare for the Tennessee vs. Kentucky Future Stars football game.
When Johnson attended the April 27 tryout in Chattanooga, it was more for the experience of a tryout than expecting to make the Tennessee Future Stars roster.
“We really didn’t believe it at first. We had just sent him to try out so that he would have experience trying out. We didn’t really expect him to get picked,” Treasure’s mom, Natoya Johnson-Richards stated.
The Future Stars held four different tryouts throughout the state, and Johnson was one of five running backs selected.
“There were many kids who tried out, because they held tryouts in Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, and this was the first time they had (held) tryouts in Chattanooga,” Treasure’s father, David Richards added. “There were over 400 kids trying out and only 50 made it. He was one of two running backs from Chattanooga to make it.”
The rising Cleveland freshman has dealt with a mixed bag of feelings since finding out that he had made the roster.
“It’s exciting, but I was kind of nervous when I found out that I had made it. Now that I’ve settled down and got myself prepared, I think that I’m ready,” Johnson explained. “I just want to go have some fun.”
Johnson will be following in the footsteps of some big Raider names, as according to his father, both TJ Parker and Austin Herink also participated in the Future Stars game in the summer following their eighth-grade seasons.
The Tennessee Future Stars will spend two days training at the University of Tennessee, before heading up to Owensboro, Ky., on Friday.
The Tennessee vs. Kentucky Future Stars game will take place at Kentucky Wesleyan College, in Owensboro, Saturday.