Texas trio trip to Palouse this weekend

IT'S A REGULAR Texas convention this weekend in Pullman. Washington State fans knew Waco wide receiver Hunter Jarmon would be in town, but two linemen from the Lone Star State also arrive Friday to the Palouse on official visits. Here's what one of them, a 6-6, 275-pound offensive lineman, had to say to CF.C as he readied for his time at Wazzu...

It's been a hectic 48 hours for Bellair, Texas product Dwayne Johnson. The 6-6 275-pound offensive lineman decommitted from Purdue on Wednesday, citing the coaching change as the main reason why he decided to open his recruitment. Now that he's back on the market, his first order of business is an official visit to Pullman this weekend and he said he won't be taking the trip alone.

"I'm very excited for this trip and I'm ready to get up to the campus and see what Washington State is all about," Johnson said. "I'm going up there with a defensive end from my district, Zelt Minor, and I'm looking forward to going up there and seeing some things."

Minor is a 6-3, 260-pound DE from the Houston area and who originally committed to SMU. Attempts to reach Minor were unsuccessful, but CF.C will have more from the Lamar High standout once we're able to touch base.

As for Johnson, he's been in contact with the Cougars since the spring of 2012. He and offensive line coach Clay McGuire have developed a strong bond and the second year assistant recently traveled down to Bellair for an in-home visit.

"He came down for one of my basketball games and talked to me afterwards about how excited he was for me to take my visit up there," Johnson said. "I set up the visit about two weeks ago and Coach McGuire said he wants me to get up there as soon as possible and that he wants me to be a Coug. He's happy I'm still in contact with them and they're still in the running as far as me choosing a school."

Johnson said the Cougs are recruiting him as either a tackle or center. He said he is comfortable at both spots and could fit in wherever the coaching staff thinks he would be needed most. In addition to his contact with McGuire, Johnson said he has also spoken several times with head coach Mike Leach and the offensive mastermind has had nothing but great things to say about the turnaround on the Palouse.

"For one, I really like the program they have up there," Johnson said. "They're up and coming and Leach is a great coach. He's told me I could play multiple positions and he likes my explosiveness off the ball and how I'm able to move. He wants me to be a Coug and he likes my film. It's a pretty good relationship I have with their staff, but I'm keeping my options open after I take my visit, I'll move forward from there."

Johnson holds double digit offers, including Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Baylor and several others in addition to Washington State. He'll take a trip to Nebraska on Jan. 18 and added that he's hoping to take some other official visits before he makes a final decision on where he'll play next season.

Distance doesn't appear to be a factor for Johnson.

"I don't really care about that," Johnson said when asked if playing close to home mattered. "My family wants me to stay closer to them obviously, but it will come down to what I think is best for me and my future."

There are certain items, though, that will make a difference for him when he visits a campus.

"There's several things that I want to see during my trips," Johnson said. "I'm hoping a school has good academics, a good football program and there is stability with the coaching staffs. I also hope to see some religious opportunities on campus. I'm looking for a school with some Christian organizations and churches in the community."

It's what he hopes to see in Pullman this weekend and the massive OL prospect added that he can't wait to take flight to meet the Cougar coaches and players in person.

"I'm hoping it's a good trip and I look forward to it," Johnson said. "I really like the Pac-12 and hey, I could be a future Coug, you never know."


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