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Arizona football recruit first openly gay D-1 football player

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The Arizona Wildcats football program is about to be part of history. Three-star defensive end My-King Johnson, one of Arizona's top 2017 recruits, is openly gay.

There has never been an openly gay player in Division I football. Johnson comes from Tempe High, and is one of the most prolific defensive ends in recent memory. He racked up 43.5 sacks in his final two seasons in high school. Johnson drew interest from half of the Pac-12, including UCLA, USC and Oregon.

A story in the Arizona Daily Star detailed Johnson's background in which the 6-foot-4 225 pound player details how he feels being open about his sexuality could have the possibility of "putting a target on his back."

Johnson plays the same position, defensive end, as former Missouri standout and SEC Player of the Year Michael Sam. Sam came out publicly in February after the football season ended, but teammates knew he was gay during his senior year.

Johnson will start his freshman season at Arizona this fall, with a great chance of earning early playing time due to his size, and the Wildcats' lack of depth on the defensive line.

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