This time of the year it’s not uncommon for prospects to go from zero offers to double-digit scholarships in a matter of weeks. All it takes is one big offer to be extended and the word starts to spread, especially in Texas.
Johnson's top three currently incude Texas, Missouri and Northwestern.
Katy Seven Lakes (TX) defensive end Jarrett Johnson went to Austin last weekend and picked up his third offer from the Texas Longhorns. Since then he’s been hearing from more and more elite programs.
“A lot of schools are starting to show me more interest,” Johnson said. “Texas just offered me at their junior day and Northwestern and Missouri have also offered me. LSU wants me on their junior day on the 16th. Caleb Benenoch talked to the UCLA coaches and they want me to come down this spring to visit. They’re supposed to offer me. I know Texas A&M came by my school a couple of weeks ago too.”
He added, “My top three is Northwestern, Missouri and Texas. Those are all the schools that have offered me.”
Despite picking up a big offer from Mack Brown recently, the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder does not want to rush into making a decision which is why he left the 40 acres uncommitted.
“I thought the whole trip to Texas was great,” he said. “It was a really good feeling. It was a good moment. The thing that kept me from committing right then and there is that I went into Texas’ junior day kind of knowing they were going to offer me but I made sure to keep a level head. I made sure not jump into things right away. Sometimes, things are not always as they appear. I wanted to chill out, take a step back and think about it more before I did anything like that.”
The 247Composite 4-star defender discusses what schools he’d like to hear more from.
“I’m interested in Oregon, Oregon State, Michigan and Georgia,” he said. “I really like Georgia and they send me tons of letters. I’d also like to hear more from A&M.”
Johnson has mentioned a lot of out-of-state programs, and interested in playing college ball outside the confines of the Lone Star State, but the Louisiana native is also open to staying close to home.
Johnson's junior highlights.
“I’m really open to all options,” he said. “I’m not actively looking to go far away. I could stay in Texas.”
One of the schools Johnson mentioned he would like to hear more from included Kevin Sumlin’s program.
“I have very high interest in Texas A&M,” he said. “They have a good thing going for them right now. I’m pretty interested in them and waiting to hear back from their coaches. Having a freshman win the Heisman shows they’re not afraid to play young guys. They’re playing the best players.”
He added, “If they were to offer they would be in my top three. What’s funny is that when I moved from Lake Charles to Texas when I was six my two favorite schools were A&M and Texas.”
The dedicated student athlete breaks down the most important factors he’s looking for when choosing a school.
“Education definitely comes first,” he said. “I want to go to a school that has a good education program and have coaches who care about their players and their grades. Outside that, I’m looking for good facilities and a good training staff in case I get hurt or something like that. Overall, I just want coaches who care about their players.”
Yesterday, the first team all-district pass rusher maxed out 315 lbs on the bench press, stopped at 495 lbs on the squat and power cleaned 255 lbs. He finished the 2012 season with 60 tackles and five sacks and named defensive MVP.
Editors note: According to sources, Johnson was evaluated by the Texas A&M staff this week and was the most impressive out of the large group they watched on film. A junior day invitation could be extended soon but no decision has been made on whether or not the Aggies will offer. Stay tuned to GigEm247.com for the latest.