Benjamin E. Mays High School Raiders Tervell and Termarr Johnson are brothers on the diamond and on the family tree with dreams of becoming professional baseball players well within their reach.
Sixteen-year-old Tervell Johnson is a senior. This summer, he batted an average of .380, made seven home runs, and stole 18 bases. Fifteen-year-old Termarr Johnson is a sophomore. This summer, he batted an average of .410, made 3 home runs, and stole 29 bases.
“Baseball means a lot to me; it is motivation for other aspects of life, including school, maintaining good character/image, and a healthy lifestyle,” said Tervell, who plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology and become a professional baseball player, coach or media personality. “Baseball has also helped me develop certain life-long character traits, such as respect, teamwork, hard work and humility.”
“Baseball is more than a game,” said Termarr, who hopes to become a MLB first round draft pick, obtain Hall of Fame induction, and then pursue business after his long-playing career. “It provides me with an opportunity to display my God-given talents. I feel that playing baseball at the highest level means beating the odds.”
The Johnson brothers are not only star baseball players – they are also star students. Tervell has a 3.5 GPA and is currently ranked No. 28 in Mays Class of 2020, while Termarr has a 3.9 GPA and is currently ranked No.7 in Mays Class of 2022.
“Whether in the classroom or on the baseball diamond, the brothers exemplify the academic and athletic prowess needed to be successful in any endeavor encountered in life,” said Michael Jennings, who has coached baseball and softball at Mays for nearly 16 years. “Having always stuck together, they are great students, baseball players and citizens. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Johnson brothers are achieving these accolades.”
Tervell’s decision to commit to Georgia Tech baseball was not taken lightly.
“Georgia Tech was the best choice for me because everything lined up,” Tervell said. “It is close to home, has beautiful facilities, and a rich academic and baseball history. Georgia Tech is in a competitive conference (ACC). The coaching staff is generous and focused on player development, not just winning. Finally, there is nothing like having a hometown crowd behind you. Georgia Tech will definitely prepare me for professional baseball and life.”
Termarr is a member of the 15U USA National Baseball Team who recently defeated Panama 3-1 in the World Championship game in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on Sept. 22. After bringing home the gold, he moved up in rank to the No. 2 overall prospect, while maintaining his status as the No. 1 infielder in the nation for the Class of 2022.
Their older brother, Tervont Johnson (Mays Class of 2016), played collegiate baseball at Eastern Kentucky and Georgia State universities. He is currently in graduate school at Georgia Tech, playing collegiate baseball. After coaching Tervont, Head Coach Reginald Austin and Coach Michael Jennings say they were literally waiting on Tervell and Termarr to play baseball at Mays, and the two haven’t disappointed.
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