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Friday, March 8, 2013
DE Jarrett Johnson talks TAMU, UT

By Sam Khan Jr.

KATY, Texas -- After a visit to Texas for its junior day and a flurry of offers that followed, Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson had a good feel for where he stood in the recruiting process.

In mid-February, Johnson tabbed Texas as his favorite school and Texas A&M as his No. 2 choice. At the time, he hadn't yet visited the A&M campus.

On Saturday, he got the opportunity, taking in the Aggies' second junior day of the year. Now, he feels a little differently than he did three weeks ago.

"A&M caught up there, about even with UT now," Johnson said. "So it's really going to come down to the wire between those two as my last two [for my] decision of where I want to go."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect might not be too far from a decision. He said his father would like him to visit at least one more school before he makes a decision. Johnson said the next school that could get a visit from him is Baylor.

Currently, Johnson has offers from Baylor, Missouri, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

"If I go to Baylor and I see what I like, then it's going to be a three-way tie," Johnson said. "Right now, it's just between UT and A&M."

Johnson said he's uncertain when his visit to Baylor will be, but it could be during spring break.

"I had originally planned Baylor on the 23rd of March," Johnson said. "But UT also has a spring game on the same date. My dad wants me to go check out one more college before I make any decision. I'm going to try to do that over spring break, but I'm going to have to wait and see."

The trip to A&M for its junior day opened Johnson's eyes to what the Aggies have going right now.

"The campus, when I initially got there, looked a little bit country," Johnson said. "But that's the outside. When you get inside, you realize that they're up-to-date and they're renovating and everything, so they're going to be even more up-to-date. From what I'm experiencing and what they were saying, I think they're going to be one of the top colleges in the nation as far as [facilities], equipment and weight room and all that stuff. It was a fun experience. The coaches are great, everybody is great there."

Johnson said the biggest factor in his decision will be education.

"The most important thing is education," Johnson said. "I don't know what I want to major in yet. Most likely it will have to do with math or science. So A&M, their engineering school, I think it's top notch. So they might have the edge in education over UT. It's really going to come down to the wire, like I said."

And Johnson indicated that he doesn't plan to go to an out-of-state college.

"Yes, I want to stay in Texas," Johnson said. "This place has become my home, and I feel most comfortable here. It's easier for me to get to those places on junior days and stuff like that. I guess, there's a small chance I might go out-of-state, but for right now, in Texas is where I want to be."