March 5, 2007

Big 12 South battle for Johnson brewing

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This past season, defensive back recruiting was not a necessity. Last recruiting cycle, adding some talent to the front seven as well as reloading the wide receiver position took priority. That however is not the case this recruiting cycle. It is important that the Red Raiders target and land some talented defensive backs in order to establish some long term depth in the secondary. This is where Victor Johnson (6-foot, 170-pounds) enters the picture for the Red Raiders.

Something that the Texas Tech defense could use in the secondary is a ball hawking safety or a lockdown corner. While Johnson would most certainly fit the bill at the safety position, he prefers to be lining up one on one with the receivers.

"Most of the schools are recruiting me at safety, but I'm not sure of that is where I will end up. I have been practicing one on ones with my brother a lot and I really like that style of play. I feel when I am lined up against a receiver it will give me more opportunities to make a play."

With offers in hand from Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor as well as some heavy interest from A&M, the process is beginning to pick up speed for Johnson.

"I talk with the coaches from Oklahoma State, (Texas) Tech, Baylor, and (Texas) A&M a lot. I also have been in contact with the coaches from Texas also. A lot of schools are pretty busy with their teams and most re telling me that the offers will come during and after the May evaluation period. So it should be an exciting start to the summer."

When talking about schools that have shown interest in him, he was hesitant to name any favorites. However he did mention some schools that he is interested in visiting.

"I am planning on visiting the schools that have offered me, I don't know when. I mean Baylor is right down the street so I can do that any time. I know I am visiting A&M here soon as well as wanting to get out to Oklahoma State also. I might take a trip to (Texas) Tech, I haven't really talked to the coaches about that much yet."

While recruiting is starting to take off for Johnson he still has a few goals he needs to focus on for this up coming season and recruiting campaign.

"My main goal for the team this year is to make it to state and win it. That's the goal every season. For me personally I want to develop the talent I have, make more plays like getting interceptions and I want to become the best DB in the state and a top 5 DB nationally. It will take a lot of hard work, but that's all something I really want to achieve."

For Johnson achieving those goals are far more important that the recruiting process at this time.

"I am really not in a hurry to make a decision. I want to see what everyone has to offer and when it comes down to it I'm going to make the best decision for me. I am going to wait it out and wait till next February to make my decision most likely. Things change sometimes but that my plan right now."

While Johnson's timeframe for a decision is a good time from now, there are a few things that are going to have an impact on the school that he chooses.

"The main things I am going to look for are pretty simple. I want to go to a school in a good location, be coached by good coaches, and I want to have the opportunity to contribute early. Distance will not be a factor but I really want to be able to go somewhere where I can play my freshman year. That's my goal for my first year in college."

With the process only beginning Texas Tech and a host of other schools will have to wait to see where this defensive playmaker goes.

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