Saturday, April 6, 2013
DE Jarrett Johnson has new No. 1
By Sam Khan Jr.
For the second time in five weeks, Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson made the trek to College Station, Texas.
After visiting for the Aggies junior day and first spring practice on March 2, the 2014 prospect returned on Friday for the Aggies' "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage, hoping to get another good look at one of the two schools he's considering the most -- the other being Texas, which Johnson has also visited twice this year.
When it was all said and done, Johnson emerged with a new No. 1 on his list -- Texas A&M.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end has given the Aggies the edge over Texas, at least for the moment, in his recruitment.
"It was good," Johnson said of his second trip to Aggieland. "The scrimmage was on point. I think they're definitely my No. 1 again."
Johnson took in the Longhorns' spring game on March 30, but the feeling he got while at Kyle Field on Friday night was different, he said.
"At Texas, I went there for their spring game and it was cool. I got my chance to walk around on the field but we were up in the stands when the game started," Johnson said. "At A&M I was down on the sidelines for the full [scrimmage]. It definitely felt a lot different. It was a little more comfortable."
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin spent some time chatting it up with Johnson as well, and Johnson said his relationship with Sumlin is a good one.
"When I talked to him, it was like we've known each other for awhile now," Johnson said.
Johnson said he enjoyed the atmosphere at the Friday Night Lights scrimmage, which included a live disc jockey spinning tunes that were played over the Kyle Field public address system. He also kept an eye on defensive line coach Terry Price and his group to get a feel for how they work.
"It was cool," Johnson said. "They laugh when the time is OK to laugh but they take care of business when it's time to take care of business."
Johnson said he will make a return trip to Texas A&M on April 13 for the Maroon-and-White spring game. He wants his father to come take in Aggieland with him, which hasn't happened yet. His dad has accompanied him to Texas.
The Aggies and Longhorns are his clear top two. Could a decision come after his next trip to College Station?
"I might have [a decision], but knowing how the recruiting process has been so far, it'll probably happen a little bit later," Johnson said. "I'll probably wait a little bit longer."