Johnson's Still Looking

While injured NEO defensive end Tim Johnson committed to Oklahoma back during the summer, he is still casting a glance Arkansas' way and is planning a visit once his team's season is over.

One of the University of Oklahoma's top committed recruits is still window shopping - and is looking over the University of Arkansas

That would be NEO redshirt freshman defensive end Tim Johnson (6-5, 270), who was injured early this season and will have four years to play four when he lands on the major college level.

While he committed to the Sooners back during the summer, UA assistant Bobby Allen and NEO defensive end Chris Wade (6-6, 255) - who has Arkansas as his runway leader - have been talking up the Razorbacks to Johnson.

"I am taking a look at them," Johnson said. "I like the coaches. Coach Allen is a good guy. He has been calling me and telling me how he isn't going to back down just because I am hurt or committed somewhere else. I heard it is a real nice place to be. Chris is definitely all excited about it and I'm going to give them a shot."

Johnson - a May grad who played his high school ball at Homewood (Ill.) Flossmoor - got to play in the first two games, but suffered a broken ankle and a fractured fibula as his team practiced for week three.

"I got injured during practice during team drills," Johnson said. "I broke my ankle. Man, it hurt, but I'll get this cast off soon and will get after my rehab."

About the only positive thing about the injury for Johnson is that because he redshirted last season and will get a medical hardship for this one, he will have more time to play on the NCAA Division I level.

"I'll get a hardship so I will have four to play four," said Johnson, who had offers from Michigan State and Illinois out of high school."

He was off to a good start for NEO, lining up on the other side of Wade to form a potent defensive end combo for the Golden Norseman (4-2), who lost to at Navarro 16-15 this past Saturday.

"They lined me up at strongside defensive end against Fort Scott," Johnson said. "I had a pretty good game with five tackles, a sack and one forced fumble."

Johnson can bench press 385, squat 530 and has a 32-inch vertical and he and Wade not only are a pair of big defensive ends, but a couple of agile ones.

He concentrated on basketball through his junior season when he came out for football and starred as a senior by making 75 tackles that season.

Right now Johnson - who also has offers from LSU and Arizona State - only plans visits to Oklahoma and Arkansas.

"We are trying to set up a visit right now to Arkansas, but haven't found the right time because of all the games right now," Johnson said. "We are going to try and get up there as soon as the season is over."


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