Johnson Drawing Heavy Interest

Great cornerbacks are always a hot commodity, and Cortez Johnson of O.P. Walker is one of the best players at that position in Louisiana. Johnson committed to Southern Miss last summer, but he's currently entertaining offers from several other schools and will take his first official visit this weekend. Where will he visit? Who all has offered?

"A lot of schools are coming on right now and I'm not sure where I might go," said O.P. Walker cornerback Cortez Johnson, whose recruitment has blown up after a highly-successful senior season. "I'm committed to Southern Miss, but I'm not sure about going there now. They haven't backed off from me, but I'm looking at bigger schools and what will be the right fit for me.

"I'm taking my first official visit this weekend to Louisiana Tech, and Coach (Pierre) Ingram is recruiting me for Tech. He was at my house last night. I had coaches from three schools at the house last night: Tech, Minnesota, and Southern Miss."

Which schools have offered and which programs are in the lead?

"I have offers from Arizona, Minnesota, Memphis, Tulane, Tulsa, SMU, and Louisiana Tech," said Johnson, who was named first-team all-state in the loaded and talented 4A classification. "It's between Arizona, Minnesota, SMU, and Tech."

Johnson and his O.P. Walker squad reached the Class 4A semifinals before running into eventual state champ Franklinton. The Chargers played giantslayer in the second and third rounds of the playoffs, eliminating No. 2 seed Salmen and No. 7 Bastrop.

Prior to facing O.P. Walker, Salmen and Bastrop had a combined record of 20-2.

In the Bastrop game -- a four-overtime marathon -- Johnson was the hero, making a game-saving tackle on Rams WR Jevante Watson at the goal-line to force OT.

"Our whole team had a great year and that's the result of hard work," Johnson said. "Coach Norman, who is my DBs coach, and Coach Powell - our head coach - deserve a lot of credit for my success."

Johnson is currently keeping in shape on the basketball court, where he's averaging 10 points per game.

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