Tech Commit Buzzing

Texas Tech verbal commit Jahshawn Johnson (No. 73 corner back) makes plays all over the field and Scout.com got a closer look at what makes this big time player from the Ennis (Texas) defense one of the more dynamic prospects in the 2014 class.

Last Friday night, Jahshawn Johnson and the Ennis (Texas) High defense held Mansfield (Texas) Lakeridge to just 14 points in a blowout 62-14 victory.

Johnson wore Lakeridge out in many different ways; stalking receivers as a safety in the secondary and handcuffing receivers with his speed and quickness to the ball. He broke up passes, made sure tackles, and he even set up a couple scores with some dazzling punt returns during the route. He also fills in as a playmaker for Ennis offense as a slot receiver when they need a spark through the air and as a wildcat quarterback when they need to score in a hurry.

"I love special teams. I just get to do me and do what I want to do out there and my teammates do a great job blocking," Johnson said.

Johnson made a ridiculous play out of the back field in the second half of the game, dashing to the sideline before leaping over a defender to top off a big gain. He is a serious threat on offense in many different ways, but he has a sturdy stance on playing defense in college.

"I like playing offense, but I like to be the one delivering a hit and not taking the hit," Johnson laughed. "Offense is cool but I like playing where I am."

Johnson seems to be everywhere at once and uses every bit of his 5-foot-10, 170 pound frame to make textbook tackles on ball carriers. As a smaller safety, Johnson is a very dependable tackler and his superior athleticism allows him to cover the field with ease from the free safety spot.

The Scout.com three-star is not shy to contact, he's greedy for the ball with the sure hands to match, and is dynamic on special teams as a return man.

He has an aggressive nature and the tangibles that will make him a great cover safety, but his frame could land him at corner when he shows up to play for Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury in Lubbock next year.

Johnson, however, is almost convinced that even though he is ranked as a corner, safety is the likely spot for him going forward.

"I believe I will play safety on the next level (for Texas Tech)," Johnson said.

Johnson claims to be solid on Texas Tech, but he still hints that he will leave a small window of opportunity to see what happens at the end of the year.

Kansas has not given up on the pursuit of Johnson and other programs in the Big 12 will certainly try to stay in his ear as signing day draws near.

"Right now I'm verbally committed to Texas Tech and I feel like it's a good fit for me, but I've been talking to Kansas almost daily. We will see if anyone else comes into the picture at the end of the year," Johnson said.


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