Defensive back Cortez Johnson had a nice true frosh year at Arizona, lettering and starting two games. However, he wanted to move closer to home (West Bank of New Orleans), and the Wildcats staff granted Johnson a release. After narrowing his finalists to Oklahoma and North Carolina State, Johnson committed to the Sooners today during a visit to Norman.
"I committed to OU today and Coach Stoops says he can't wait for me to get there," said Cortez Johnson
. "Coach Stoops said they were looking for a player like me, and that I had a good shot at playing early.
"When I got to Oklahoma yesterday, they showed me around the campus, explained the academics, and we watched a little film. It's an amazing atmosphere at OU. I loved it; I was blown away. They have a great staff and great players."
Johnson's player hosts made a distinct impression during the visit.
"Kenny Stills, a wide receiver, and safety Tony Jefferson showed me a lot about the program," he said. "We're going to make things happen here."
One question on the minds of OU fans: Will Johnson be eligible to play this fall, or will he be forced to sit out a year after transferring?
"I'm trying to get a hardship waiver (from the NCAA) so I can play immediately," said Johnson. "If that doesn't happen, I will have to sit out a season. I still have my redshirt year, though."
As a true frosh, Johnson lettered at Arizona and started two games. He visited North Carolina State last weekend and narrowed his choices to N.C. State and Oklahoma prior to picking the Sooners.
Johnson is a big (6-2, 200) DB who has all the requisite bells and whistles to be a top performer at Oklahoma. He was a prep star at O.P. Walker High School (Algiers, La.).
He will enroll at Oklahoma in June.