Enter Devin Johnson, projected to be a force in D-I per an official offer list that suggests he has the game, and the potential, to make a significant contribution in 08. But, for what team is the 64,000 dollar question.
"I'd have to say that my top two schools are Ole Miss and K-State," Johnson told KStateFans.com. "Ole Miss has the early lead. I already took an official there in September when they played Louisiana Tech. And so I know a lot more about them than anybody else so far. I like the coaches, the fans and the atmosphere there."
"K-State would be No. 2 and I am tripping up there December 7-9 I believe," Johnson sharing pertinent recruiting information said. "And they're recruiting me (along with Ole Miss) harder than anybody else is. So, I am looking forward to checking them out on an official to learn more about them. I really don't know much about them without going on an official yet. But they got a great shot. I like them a lot already (despite not yet seeing K-State up close and personal)."
Checking in at No. 3 is USC. Johnson said they have a chance to move even higher if and when they commit more time and attention to his recruitment a la "Ole Miss and K-State, who are recruiting me harder than anybody else."
Commitment Time Frame: "I want to take all five of my official visits and then make a decision. I've got a few more official visits to set up and I would like to go to USC before or after K-State, I guess. And then maybe it's Arizona State and Oregon for the fourth- and fifth-visit slots. I don't know. We'll see what happens."
"Coach Tibesar" is in charge of wooing DJ to Manhattan, "Coach Neilsen" to Mississippi, according to the 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker who said he's clocking forty times in the 4.65-range.
And if the KSU DC were to score a commitment from this Cali kid he'd be adding a kid who in only three games as a true freshman racked up a total of 20 tackles, 8-9 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 10 pressures, 4 PBUs, 1 INT, 1 blocked field goal and 1 blocked punt.
This season, and in nine games, the Cali 6-foot-3, 225-pound LB said he tallied "68-69 tackles, 18 TFL, 2 sacks, several pressures, 3 PBUs, 1 INT, 1 FR (I returned for a touchdown). Other Numbers to Consider…
Weight Room Numbers: "330 Bench, 450 Squat, 290 Power Clean."
Division One Eligibility: Kid has three years to play two.