A lifelong Aggie, Johnston inks with Texas A&M

Seven Farragut seniors sign for the next level on National Signing Day

Jett Johnston gets to go home, play in the prestigious Southeastern Conference and suit up with his favorite college team.

A native Texan who’s a “big” Texas A&M fan, the standout Farragut High School infielder/relief pitcher will fulfill a lifelong dream and suit up for the Aggies after making it official during National Signing Day in FHS’s Vickie B. Wells Auditorium Wednesday morning, Nov. 9.

Johnston was one of seven FHS senior student/athletes to sign with a college or university Nov. 9.

“I was so excited; they were one of the first calls that I got,” said Jett, who helped lead his 2022 Admirals baseball team to a Class 4A state crown. “It was a surreal feeling for sure.”

Johnston said he’s projected as a third baseman at A&M, though “I’ll possibly play a little second (base), too.”

About the SEC, “It’s a crazy conference to play in ... it’s a big-time conference,” the FHS senior said. “Big Leaguers, they want SEC bats, and that’s exactly why I’m doing it (at A&M).

“If you go produce in the SEC, hit .330 and 20 home runs, and you’re getting drafted in the first three rounds,” he added.

“I can’t wait to get out and play all the awesome competition. You get to travel everywhere, to all the big schools.”

An All-District 4-4A third baseman/first baseman/pitcher who hit .325 with seven home runs, six doubles and 30 RBI, Jett said, “I’ve gotten my feet a little bit better and gotten faster” since his junior year with the Admirals.

Playing his first season with the Admirals last spring, “Jett was a huge part of what we were able to do last spring,” FHS head coach Matt Buckner said. “He had a big postseason. I’m really proud of what he’s been able to do.

“We had a pretty magical run. ... I’m looking forward to this spring.”

Other signees

The other signees were Brooke Simpson, gymnastics, LSU; Annabelle Ekern, soccer, Bellamine; Ava Guzowski, softball, Kennesaw State; Kennedy Reynolds, track and cross country, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; Mackenzie Turner, volleyball, Centre College (Kentucky) and Madison Neeley, volleyball, Roane State.