Daje Johnson "90 percent" he'll switch


It’s looking more and more like ESPNU 150 member Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) is going to switch commitments from TCU to Texas as soon as he is offered.

That offer did not come during school and an in-home visit from Texas’ coaching staff today, but Johnson feels like it is only a matter of getting to his official visit this weekend before one comes.

“I know an offer is coming for sure,” said Johnson, the No. 14 athlete and No. 141 player in the ESPNU 150.

Mack Brown, Darrell Wyatt, Major Applewhite and Bryan Harsin all stopped by Hendrickson earlier in the day for a visit, and then all of those coaches except Brown, stopped by his house later this evening.

During the 35-minute in-home visit the Longhorns’ coaches gave their pitch for why Johnson should switch commitments and stay closer to home. Johnson said things couldn’t have gone better.

“Things went well. Conversation went well. I plan on taking that visit on Friday,” he said. “They really covered everything. They basically just told me where they wanted me to play and looking forward to me to come to Texas. I am really high on Texas. I am really strong on switching.”

One of the main topics of conversation was on what side of the ball Texas wants Johnson. The Longhorns, which sent nothing but offensive coaches to Pflugerville, made that point clear.

“They want me on offense,” Johnson said. “They feel like I can do a lot with the ball in my hands. They see me as a very explosive player and don’t want to waste that on defense. That is why all the offensive coaches came to talk to me. They were thinking of tailback, slot, definitely playing early at punt return and kickoff return. [Defensive backs coach Duane] Akina has also told me he wants me on defense. So I could play a little bit of everything.”

Johnson said he told Brown he was “90 percent” sure he would switch.

“[Brown] asked me why I was hanging on to that 10 percent and I just told him I wanted to see what the visit was like,” Johnson said.

Earlier in the day, TCU coach Gary Patterson had an in-home visit with Johnson and his father Clyde, a former all-conference defensive back for Kansas State. That visit lasted just 15 minutes.

“There was more tension in the room,” Johnson said. “I was sitting back and just listening. My dad was the main one talking with Coach Patterson. They were both talking back and forth. My dad was just telling him how it was my decision 100 percent. That he wasn’t telling me to go to Texas, or TCU. He wants me to make this decision on my own.”

A Johnson commitment would give Texas a player they feel can make up for the de-commitment of wide receiver Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline). He would give the Longhorns their sixth commitment from a skilled position player along with QB Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), QB Jalen Oversteet (Tatum, Texas/Tatum), WR Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin), WR Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas/Athens) and WR Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas/Clear Springs).

“It’s very humbling,” Johnson said of the interest he has received from Texas. “When you get that type of exposure it is very humbling. It makes you want to work harder and gets you thinking bigger.”