Johnson ready to put in work

Cortez Johnson is excited about arriving at Arizona. However, he also knows that it will take plenty of work if he wants to get on the field.

It's the time of year where the newcomers from the 2011 recruiting class start trickling onto campus and begin to get prepared for the 2011 college football season.

One such player to do so is defensive back Cortez Johnson, who arrives this week. The prospect from New Orleans O. Perry Walker High School plans to waste no time once he gets to Tucson.

"It's time to go to work now," Johnson said. "When I come out there I go straight to work."

Johnson was sought after by schools from several of the bigger conferences in the country before settling on Arizona. He was recruited by receivers coach Garret Chachere and has been in communication with head coach Mike Stoops. Johnson was able to build a solid relationship with the staff, which is one of the primary reasons why he chose Arizona.

"Coach Stoops, me and coach Chachere have a special relationship," Johnson said. "He's (Chachere) a great guy."

Chachere was in contact with Johnson throughout the process and Johnson appreciated his straight-forward approach when trying to land the defensive back from New Orleans.

"Coach Chachere made me feel real good about where I was going and he keeps it real," Johnson said. "I like a coach like that."

Ever since deciding on Arizona, Johnson has been in communication with certain members on the squad. One such player is from his region and he believes having two players from his region could help lure more from the area down the road.

"I have been talking to Jonathan McKnight and Robert Golden," Johnson said. "Coming out this year, there are a lot of football players that want to come to Arizona. I think me and McKnight are going to make a big impact on New Orleans and make them want to come to Arizona."

Johnson enters a relatively crowded defensive backfield in 2011. There will already be several candidates vying for playing time, but Johnson still feels he will be able to work his way into the mix once he gets to work.

"I feel like when I come in that it's all about competing and I feel like I can out-work anybody," Johnson said. "So I am trying to come play right away."

The aspiration of just about every college football player is to, one day, play professionally at the next level, but is that what Johnson wants to do once he concludes his time at Arizona?

"Yes, no doubt," Johnson said. "But it's all about putting in the work and that's what I am going to do."

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