Thursday, January 24, 2013
OT Dwayne Johnson narrows list to two
By Sam Khan Jr.
Houston/Bellaire offensive tackle Dwayne Johnson has seen his recruiting interest increase in the month of January.
Now, it appears Johnson is winding things down.
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound three-star prospect informed RecruitingNation that he has a final two that he'll choose from.
"Nebraska and Arkansas," he said.
Johnson, a former Purdue commitment, recently returned from an official visit to Nebraska, and on Wednesday night, he hosted head coach Bo Pelini and offensive line coach John Garrison for an in-home visit. While Johnson didn't commit, his recruitment is beginning to clear up.
He decided he is not going to take his previously-scheduled official visit to Oklahoma this weekend. Instead, he has moved up his official visit to Arkansas -- previously scheduled for Feb. 1 -- to Jan. 25.
As for the in-home visit, many of Johnson's family members were present, sensing the importance of Johnson's decision.
"It was pretty exciting," Johnson said of the in-home visit. "It was pretty cool. A lot of my family came. I got to talk to coach [Pelini] and answer their questions and everything."
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman made had an in-home visit last week. Johnson is building a good relationship with Pittman and enjoyed that visit also.
"It was a good experience," Johnson said. "It's always good to meet the head coach. You see these guys on TV, and they're all fired up. Not many people get that chance, and I'm thankful for it."
Johnson said he hopes to have a decision soon after his Arkansas visit.
There are several things he likes with both schools. Nebraska displayed what it had to offer on Johnson's official visit.
"[I like] the academic program, no doubt," he said. "The football program itself. The coaches and the coaching stability. And what they have coming in the future."
As for Arkansas, Pittman has made a positive impression on Johnson.
"[I like] Coach Pittman himself," Johnson said. "I've been doing a little research on the school, and I'll learn more about it once I get the visit."
Johnson said both schools appear to be open to playing him at any offensive line position, which appeals to him. After this weekend, he hopes to have a clear answer.
"I just want to make sure I make the right decision," Johnson said. "I just want to make sure that I choose correctly."