- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Like many of the recruits in Purdue's 2013 recruiting class, Houston Bellaire offensive tackle Dwayne Johnson is wondering what's next. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound three-star prospect was surprised to learn of the dismissal of head coach Danny Hope.
"I was like 'Wow,' " Johnson said. "I heard something about it, but I thought it was pretty good that they just became bowl-eligible again. I guess he went out with a bang."
So what's Johnson's future with the Boilermakers? He said he is still committed to Purdue but he will listen to other schools while the Boilermakers search for a new head coach.
"Everything just depends on the new head coach," Johnson said. "It depends on who that is. I still like Purdue, though. There's no doubt about that. But the head coach is gone, and we had a good relationship, so I'm not sure at this point."
The school that has pursued him the most lately is Tulsa. He also has heard from Kansas and Washington State. All three of those schools had extended offers to Johnson before his commitment to Purdue back in August. Iowa State, who hasn't yet offered, is also showing interest according to Johnson.
Tulsa intrigues him. He had a chance to see the Golden Hurricane in person when they traveled to Houston and picked up a 41-7 win over the Cougars at Robertson Stadium. Defensive tackles coach Calvin Thibodeaux has been recruiting Johnson for Tulsa.
"I do like Tulsa; I like Tulsa a lot," Johnson said. "I went to one of their games when they played UH, and they were pretty nice. They had a slow start and knew how to finish."
Johnson said he doesn't have any visits currently scheduled, but he'll continue to monitor the Purdue coaching search.
"It's very frustrating," Johnson said of the situation. "Now, it's like you're back at square one. You have to deal with a new coach, and he could be way different from coach Hope. He might not like athletic linemen and might just like big linemen. So you never know. It just depends on what the new head coach looks like."
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