Texas prep star cornerback Shedrick Johnson has never tried to hide where he likely is going to play his college football.
Johnson, a 5-10, 180-pound defender from Sweeny, said his official visit last weekend to Arkansas convinced him even more on that and thus he will likely announce he will be Razorback by this time next week.
But his last "official" act before that will be taking a trip to the University of Kansas beginning on Saturday and ending on Monday.
"There's just so much I love about Arkansas and it sure just seems the perfect place for me, but I am going to take this visit to Kansas and that way I won't look back later and regret anything," Johnson said. "It will give me a chance to compare another school with Arkansas, but I sure don't anticipate changing my mind."
Johnson also has a visit set up to Texas A&M in January, but said Wednesday night that is not going to happen.
"That's set up a long time after I plan to have already committed," Johnson said.
Johnson, who had five picks this season, has been high on Arkansas because of its tradition and success, head coach Houston Nutt and assistant Chris Vaughn, the Razorbacks' recruiting coordinator.
"Both of those guys are just very cool and very real," Johnson said.
Even though he has favored the Razorbacks for some time now, last weekend was his first visit to Fayetteville.
"It actually was my first time in the state of Arkansas," Johnson said. "I was so impressed with everything - the facilities, the coaches and the players were all cool."
Johnson knows that Arkansas is in need of cornerbacks to play early and thinks he can fill the bill.
"Coach Nutt took me in a room and showed me the depth chart and made it very clear to me about the possibility of myself coming in and playing early," Johnson said. "He was very clear that I would have to earn it, but that chance was there for me."
Arkansas will definitely lose Eddie Jackson and Bo Mosley and may lose starters Ahmad "Batman" Carroll and Lawrence Richardson to the NFL, a fact pointed out by Nutt.
"Coach Nutt talked about that and said both of them might be going, but he was trying to talk them into staying," Johnson said. "He thinks it would be better for them and also, obviously, better for Arkansas."
Whether Carroll or Richardson stay or go will not be a factor in Johnson's decision.
"If they are still there or even if just one stays, they are still going to need guys who can play right away," Johnson said. "I think I can be one of those guys."
One thing that made Arkansas even more attractive to Johnson was the way Nutt handled the visit.
"He made it clear how very much he wanted me, but he did it in a way that I didn't feel pressured," Johnson said. "That makes it a place I want to go to even more and a school I want to play for. They care about you more as a person that a football player. That's real and one of the reasons why I see myself playing there."
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