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Thursday, January 10, 2013
3-star OT Johnson re-opens recruiting

By Sam Khan Jr.

Houston Bellaire offensive tackle Dwayne Johnson has several options in front of him. With national signing day approaching in a matter of weeks, that's a good thing, and he plans to survey a few of them soon.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound prospect decommitted from Purdue on Wednesday evening, informing new head coach Darrell Hazell via phone of his decision.

"It was something I was thinking about," Johnson said. "I didn't want to, but it was something that I had to do. I hadn't heard from them in awhile. I talked to [Hazell] tonight to tell him I'm decommitting, and he said he hated to hear that happen, but I hadn't talked to him in over a month."

Now the three-star tackle, who is ranked 44th at his position nationally, will turn his attention to a host of others who have shown him plenty of attention in recent weeks. Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Tulsa, Virginia and Washington State are all still among his suitors heading into the home stretch.

Johnson will take an official visit to Washington State, a school that has long courted him, this weekend. Offensive line coach Clay McGuire has recruited him even before Johnson's original commitment to Purdue in August.

"I want to see how the education is, talk to some counselors," Johnson said of his visit plans. "Also want to see more of the coaching staff and get to know them and see if that's a great fit for me."

Nebraska is next in line to get a visit. Johnson is scheduled to head to Lincoln on Jan. 18. The Cornhuskers recently offered after assistant offensive line coach John Garrison got a look at Johnson's senior film and liked what he saw. Garrison and three other Nebraska coaches recently made an in-home visit to Johnson and offered him a scholarship.

"It was quite an experience," Johnson said. "It was something new and exciting. It's a blessing. That's all I can say."

Kansas and Tulsa also have made in-home visits to Johnson. Both also offered him before his original commitment. He hasn't scheduled any other officials, but he said he's considering taking one to Arkansas on Jan. 25. Ultimately, he just wants to ensure he does his due diligence before committing to another school.

"I just want to get out to those places, get to know the coaches well and make sure I make a smart decision," he said.