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Sunday, February 17, 2013
DE Johnson has two Texas schools on top

By Max Olson

After piling up big-time offers last week, Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson has two schools on top and is closing in on a decision.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound end was offered by Texas during his junior day visit last weekend. Then Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Baylor followed up with offers of their own in the past three days.

Those new offers surprised Johnson. He knew a few schools would recruit him this spring. He didn’t expect this many.

Despite those schools entering the picture this week, Johnson said his feelings haven’t changed about which school is No. 1.

“Texas is still my favorite school,” he said. “That’s depending on what I see at A&M and how I feel about A&M when I visit there. That will definitely determine where they stand.

“Honestly, I think it’s coming down to A&M and Texas.”

Johnson said he’s planning to visit Texas A&M on March 2. That’s the only upcoming visit on his schedule right now, and likely the only one he’ll take before making a commitment.

“I think after A&M I want to try to make my decision,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if I will or not, but that’s when I would like to do it. That’s when I think I can do it.”

Johnson grew up a Texas fan, but getting an offer from the Aggies meant a lot.

After picking up his first offers from Missouri and Northwestern, he wondered if he’d get a chance to play his college ball close to home. Now Johnson doesn’t have to worry about that, and he’s glad A&M is interested.

“I was thinking they didn’t need a defensive end like me,” he said. “I thought they’d go for someone else, someone big guy I’d never heard of. I didn’t think I’d be qualified for what they were looking for. I was impressed that I was and they actually love the way that I play.”

While Johnson said he’s started a good relationship with Aggie recruiter Jeff Banks, he’s also been impressed by Texas defensive ends coach Oscar Giles. They’ve stayed in touch since Johnson visited Austin on Feb. 10.

“He’s a cool dude. I wouldn’t mind playing for him,” Johnson said. “I think he knows how to coach and I think he can really get me far.”

Johnson said he does have interest in Oklahoma, but he’s not looking to travel outside the state this spring for unofficial visits. At this point, it’s pretty simple: Johnson is picking Texas or Texas A&M.

“There’s nowhere else I really want to go,” he said.