After spending one season playing at Raceland High (Ky.), Sebastian Johansson returned to Sweden where he continued to blossom into an excellent football player.
Johansson’s play at Raceland was good enough to help him receive football scholarship offers this spring, even though he only played a single year in the United States. Sebastian returned to his native Sweden where and plays for the Carlstad Crusaders where he’s playing his seventh year. All this time has given him great experience as a player.
“I played pretty good,” he said. “We are in the middle of our season right now and I’m doing pretty good,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be ranked number on in Sweden. I’ve done my work and I have good coaches,” he continued.
So what does the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder feel that he does well? “I think I have good hands and good feet. I’m more of a quick pass kind of guy,” he said. “I want to get better at my footwork and get stronger,” he continued. The game is played a little differently in Sweden as well. “I just need to get used to having more of a high pace. I play football here in Sweden and the pace is so much slower. I want to get quicker,” he said.
Schools felt comfortable enough with his play to give him scholarship offers and show a lot of interest. “I was in contact with Kentucky for a couple of months. I was talking to Miami University. I was in contact with Nebraska and Rutgers. I got an offer from Marshall and UK as well,” he said.
So why did Johansson pick Marshall over Kentucky?
“I feel like when I went to UK they showed me the facilities and I met the coaches. It was nice, but it felt different at Marshall. I felt more like a number at UK. I had a better feeling at Marshall,” he said.
Johansson competed in the USA vs. The World All-Star game and will also compete in the Junior World Championships. Sebastian is a member of the 2011 class and will join Marshall next year.
“I want to get a good education. My biggest goal at Marshall: I would love to start as a freshman. I have to work my butt off. I just want to be good at what I do. I want to make my friends back home proud of me,” he finished.