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Friday, July 26, 2013
ESPN Junior 300 WR talks A&M visit

By Sam Khan Jr.

After his first visit to Texas A&M, 2015 receiver Tyron Johnson (New Orleans/Warren Easton) was impressed.

Johnson, the No. 32 player in the ESPN Junior 300, was in College Station, Texas, on Sunday for an unofficial visit, the same day the Aggies hosted their final one-day camp of the year.

Though he didn't participate in the camp, Johnson got a chance to see the campus and the athletic facilities, meet the coaching staff and more. He posted positive words on his Twitter account later that day ("Texas A&M was the best I fell in love!" he tweeted), and in the days after the visit, Johnson elaborated on what he saw in Aggieland.

"It was a great experience," Johnson said. "Texas A&M is a good school. They're building a good team, and their facilities are great."

The best part of the trip for the 6-foot-1, 179-pound four-star prospect was the chance to sit down with the Aggies' head coach.

"[The most impressive part was] when I had a talk with Coach [Kevin] Sumlin," Johnson said. "He said he was going to be straightforward with me and that I'll be a great fit in their offense."

Johnson said it's too early to be naming favorites in his recruiting process, but he has made trips to Alabama and LSU this year. The Tigers have offered him a scholarship, as has Clemson, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UCLA and, of course, Texas A&M.

"I'd rank the A&M trip No. 1," Johnson said. "But all the campuses were nice. The coaches were cool. Coach Les Miles, he's a great guy. Coach Nick Saban, I got to visit with him, and he's great people."

On his Texas A&M visit, Johnson got to spend quality time with receivers coach David Beaty.

"I got to talk to Coach Beaty; we joked around and had a little fun," Johnson said. "Coach Beaty is a nice guy. He's always teaching and preaching to the kids. He's a great guy."

He was also impressed with the Aggies athletic facilities.

"Everything ... the weight room, a lot of facilities are getting rebuilt; there's a lot of construction going on," Johnson said. "The new facilities that they're going to build, the new stadium, that's going to be nice. It's going to be the best in the SEC or in the country."

Johnson said he paid attention to what the Aggies accomplished in their first SEC season, going 11-2. He plans to return to College Station on Sept. 14, when the Aggies host Alabama.

"They did good for their first year in the SEC," Johnson said of the Aggies. "To beat Bama, that was big for them to come in and have a season like they did. I don't know that anybody else could do it. They did a good job and they're well-coached. They were up for the challenge."