K-State Steals Johnson In The End

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Wednesday, December 19th, was signing day for junior college players. Kansas State received a signatures from Travis green, Jake Waters, Devon Nash, Nate Jackson, and Dakorey Johnson. It was Johnson, who just visited Manhattan last weekend, that came as a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats staff.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker had previously been committed to committed to Texas Tech, but as coaching coaches go so do change of commitments.

"I took my official visit last Friday," said Dakorey Johnson. "It gave me a chance to interact with the players. My player-host was Mike Moore. I got to watch them practice and get a feel for what it might be like to play there.

"It gave me a chance to sit down with Coach Cox. He's a guy who's fired up about having me there. Basically, he told me he likes the way I run the field, hit, and can cover. He showed me what the defense looked like and gave me a sense of how I'd fit in."

With a good visit and a little nudging from his older brother, former Wildcat great Quincy Morgan, it didn't take Dakorey Johnson long to tell the coaches he wanted to be at Kansas State next year.

"When I got back from my visit I got back from the visit I called Coach Smith to let him know," Johnson said. "Kansas State has a great program with winning tradition, but really what sold me on going there was Bill Snyder. On the visit, he made me feel like I was already part of the team, part of the family. They want me to come in and compete right at outside linebacker since they're losing some guy to graduation this year."

Johnson went to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas after a prep career at North Mesquite in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In his first year he had 62 tackles, three sacks, and five tackles for loss. Although hampered by an ankle injury during his sophomore year, Johnson made 30 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and one pass breakup.

"Going to junior college made me want to get better," Johnson said. "It made me hungry. When you're playing junior college, it's like you're at the bottom trying to work your way back to the top. I found out what's really important to me and what I really wanted to achieve in my playing career. Now I get the opportunity to play at Kansas State."

Arthur Brown, Jarell Childs, and Justin Tuggle will no longer be on the roster next season. Although Johnson has an excellent chance to impact the linebacker corps he knows nothing will be handed to him at Kansas State.

"I'm going to try and put on some more weight," he said. "Once I get a feel for the system and get all of the rust and bumps out of the way, I'm going to compete for the starting spot. I know it will take some time to get adjusted to the elements and the environment, but when I do I feel like the sky's the limit."

Johnson finished his studies at TVCC and will be leaving for Kansas State on January 22nd. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining in the next two years.

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