Shedrick Johnson commits to Arkansas

Standout Texas cornerback makes long expected commitment to Arkansas and becomes the Razorbacks' 18th pledge after previously considering other schools such as Houston, Kansas, Texas A&M, Iowa State and Syracuse.

Shedrick Johnson is just a little bit quicker than Batman.

While a footrace would be fun to see, that actually refers to the 5-10, 180-pound Johnson committing to Arkansas on Monday just ahead of current Razorback junior cornerback Ahmad "Batman" Carroll announcing he was officially making himself available for the draft.

"I actually decided to just go ahead and get it over with and called up there before they actually knew he was for sure going," Johnson said. "But now that he is that just makes me feel even more needed."

Johnson, who boasts 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and rushed for 1,022 yards while playing quarterback this season, chose Arkansas over Houston, Kansas, Texas A&M, Iowa State and Syracuse among others.

He had been planning to visit Texas A&M and Houston but called those off.

"Arkansas is just the right place for me and I wanted to go ahead and commit and get ready to come up there and play," Johnson said. "I'm glad it is over with."

Johnson, who had five interceptions this year, is glad Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt stayed instead of going to Nebraska.

"The fact that he turned down $2.5 million dollars shows me how much he believes in Arkansas and that means a lot to me," Johnson said. "They made me want to be a Razorback even more."

Johnson becomes Arkansas' 18 verbal pledge this recruiting season.

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