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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Four-star CB Johnson gets fresh start

By Max Olson

Darrion Johnson is getting a fresh start at Navasota, and he couldn’t be happier.

The four-star defensive back is in his second week at the Class 3A school after his abrupt transfer from Brenham (Texas) High School, and the move hasn’t hindered his recruitment much.

“It’s going good. I’m excited,” Johnson said. “It’s going real good. Their coaches are real cool.”

Darrion Johnson
Coaches from Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State visited Navasota this spring to see four-star defensive back Darrion Johnson.
Johnson said leaving Brenham was not in his plans this spring, but it was the move his family had to make.

“I had to leave. My mom got a job down here so I had to leave,” he said. “That’s life. You have to deal with how it goes. I thought I was going to Brenham next year, too, but the job came up so fast for my mom that we had to leave.”

Navasota, a school located 25 miles northeast of Brenham, won the 3A-II state championship in 2012. Johnson said he’s already practicing with the team and is adjusting quickly to the defense.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect with offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU and several others is planning to play safety and could also contribute as a running back or receiver for the Rattlers.

“They want me to be a leader and lead the team this year,” he said. “I’m going to be a leader for them. They had a great senior class last year and I already know a lot of people here.”

In Johnson’s first week at the school, coaches from Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State dropped by Navasota to check in.

Johnson still holds an offer from the Longhorns and is still being recruited by the program. Defensive ends coach Oscar Giles caught up with Johnson last week at his new school.

“We’re really good,” Johnson said of his relationship with UT. “They still want me. That’s my favorite school.”

Johnson nearly committed to Texas after the spring game on March 30. After talking with his Texas recruiters and Brenham coaches, he held off. It’s likely he would need to show improvements in his grades before UT would be willing to accept a pledge.

Despite the big change, Johnson said the past month hasn’t been a stressful one. He was sad to say goodbye to Brenham, but he’s quick to dispute rumors that he was dismissed from the program.

“I was laughing at that,” Johnson said. “It’s funny that people are spreading rumors. That was never the case there. I didn’t get kicked out of Brenham. People are spreading rumors, I guess. I could’ve stayed there if I wanted to. I wasn’t kicked out of the program.”

All that is in the past now, he said, and the fresh start he’s getting at Navasota will be a good thing. He’s motivated to make the most of this new opportunity.

“I like playing the game of football. It won’t be hard for me to do what I want to do and play football,” Johnson said. “If I’m good, the recruiters will still talk to me. I haven’t heard anything bad; they still have come to talk to me wherever I’m at.”

“Here’s how I feel: People want to see you go down. They don’t want to see that nothing good happen to you. But I’m going to keep my head up and do the right things.”