Texas OL on brink of decision after WSU visit

AFTER AN OFFICIAL visit to Washington State, a 6-6, 275-pound offensive lineman tells CF.C that decision day is coming very soon...

Dwayne Johnson, who will visit Nebraska this weekend, said that he is hoping to make his college decision prior to that trip, at some point this week. How was his visit to Pullman?

"The trip definitely raised my interest, but I want to compare this trip to this weekend's trip," Johnson said. "I'll probably make my decision this week before my Nebraska trip, but I'm planning on taking that official visit as well. I pretty much know all the coaches at each school I'm being recruited by. It's going to come down to how I liked the campus and what's the best fit for me.

"I liked the campus at WSU and what they have to offer, but I want to be able to make some comparisons and then decide where I'll go to school."

He holds offers from Arkansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, Baylor, Tulsa and several others in addition to the Cougars and Cornhuskers.

JOHNSON TOOK IN the sights and sounds this weekend during his official visit and said he left the Palouse favorably impressed with what the players and coaches had to show him.

"I enjoyed it very much," Johnson said of his trip. "it was great getting to know the coaches better and I liked the campus a lot. The football team was like a family and everyone was very close to one another. It was pretty cool to experience."

The Bellair, Tex. product was hosted by redshirt freshman to be Keith Ewing, who was Johnson's teammate at Bellair High last season.

"I already knew Keith going into the trip, so it was nice having someone up there I already knew when I got there," Johnson said. "He told me how the program is on the rise and how the coaches are great and that I'd love it. It's a big family and Keith thinks I'd really enjoy WSU if I decided to go there."

JOHNSON SAID HE bonded with offensive line coach Clay McGuire and also spent some time hanging out with fellow OL and future Coug Cody O'Connell. Both were selling the Cougar program to Johnson and were making strong pitches, he said.

"Coach McGuire told me he could really see me fitting in the program and that he really wants me to be a Coug," Johnson said. "I liked hanging out with Cody too. We chilled and he had some good things to say about the Cougs. Like I said before it's like a big family up there so it was easy to talk to everyone."

Like the other recruits on campus this weekend, Johnson had the opportunity to have a one on one meeting with second year coach Mike Leach. Johnson said the time spent together with the Cougar head man opened his eyes to Leach's offensive genius.

"We had a meeting together and we watched some film on how his system works," Johnson said. "We broke down plays and he saw how he thinks I can fit into the offense and I think I can too."

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