Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive tackle Isaiah Johnson (6-5, 300) had his eyes opened on his visit to Arkansas last Friday.
“I really didn’t know what to expect when I went over there, but it was great and far more than what I was expecting,” Johnson said. “They have great coaches, great facilities and a lot of football people you see on TV are from there.
“I had no idea that (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones and (former college and NFL coach and now broadcaster) Jimmy Johnson went there.
"The academic center is named after Jones. It really just opened my eyes about Arkansas.”
Johnson, who is originally from Northside High School in Warner Robbins, Ga., and helped his team to the AAAAA state championship in 2014, has offers from Nebraska, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Houston and Arkansas State.
One could be forthcoming from Arkansas and he is also hearing from Ole Miss and others.
“I’m all about Arkansas right now,” Williams said. “The coaches told me that they just need to see my transcript and if everything is good then I will be getting an over. That is the main one I am thinking about right now.”
He is slated to be a December graduate and would have three years to play two.
Johnson, who tore his ACL in December, had 53 tackles, 3 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble last season and was named Honorable Mention All-Conference.
“I feel like my quickness and my ability to get to the football are my strengths,” Johnson said. “I have a way of getting to the football.
“What I am working on is my footwork. The guy with the best footwork usually gets the best of the other.”
NEO opens its season on Sept.3 against New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, N.M.
"I think we are going to be pretty good this year," Johnson said. "We've all got our minds right and are ready to get with it."