Safety Talks Recruiting

This talented defender talks about his season, the recruiting process, and a difficult decision he's going to have to make in this interview.

At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, New Orleans (La.) O.P. Walker standout wide receiver/safety Daryl Johnson has helped his team reach the second round of the state playoffs this season.

For the season, Johnson has 40 receptions for 745 yards and 13 touchdowns on offense. Three of his 12 interceptions on defense have been returned for touchdowns, while he also has four touchdowns in the return game.

"As long as we're winning, I'm happy," Johnson said. "I'm trying to help our team win it all this year."

In the meantime, Johnson's being heavily recruited by schools all over the South.

"Basically, I know four schools that I'll visit," he said. "I'm going to check out Miami, Florida, Tennessee, and LSU. Me and Craig [Davis] will probably take all of them together. We're trying to end up at the same place together."

Johnson talked more about those schools.

"They've all offered me and I like 'em all," he said. "They're all at the top of my list. People ask me if I have a favorite and sometimes I say but really, I have four favorites. I'm very wide open and my main focus is winning right now."

Johnson, who is scheduled to visit UM on Jan. 24, said he may have an even tougher decision than actually picking the right school.

"I don't know if I'm going to be a wide receiver or a safety," he said. "I really like both and the coaches that I'm talking to say they'll determine that when I get there."

Johnson has picked up on something interesting regarding that decision.

"I've noticed that all the coaches recruiting me are wide receivers coaches," he said. "But I guess I'll worry about that later."

Johnson said he talks to UM coach Curtis Johnson on a regular basis.

"He's a cool guy," he said. "When talking about defense, he said they're not real deep and they're looking for someone to come in and help. He thinks I can play."

Johnson said he has also spoken to UM head coach Larry Coker.

"I've actually talked to Coach Saban, Coach Coker, and Coach Fulmer so far," he said. "That's pretty cool talking to the head coach."

When asked about his thoughts of playing early, Johnson summed it up nicely.

"Basically they all say if I don't come in and play my first year that it's my fault," he said. "They all think I have a chance and there will be a spot so it's up to me I guess."

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