Lyndell Johnson (6-foot-3, 190-pounds) has roughly 17 scholarship offers from the likes of Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, LSU, Kansas, and New Mexico. A lot of recruits are starting to narrow their lists of schools down, but Johnson is at that point yet.
"Actually I'm wide open. I'm not leaning towards anybody right now," Johnson said. "I always wanted to be a Longhorn, but I'm not as interested in them as I used to be.
"Going through this process, I kind of want to stay close to home and then there are times that I want to go far, because that's basically what it's all about. The main reason I'd want to go away from home is for the experience of being away from my family. It's an experience that I'd like to try.
"I haven't made up my mind when I want to commit," he said. "Sometimes I feel like I want to commit and then other times I think I want to wait and see what happens. I'm really not for sure right now. I honestly wouldn't know where I'd want to go. I'm still receiving offers. "
One offer that he doesn't need to wait on is Notre Dame. The Irish offered Johnson in February and recently stopped by his high school.
"I was originally talking to coach Alford," Johnson explained. "Then he said that coach Cooks was going to take over the area and ever since then I've been talking to him. I've been keeping in touch with them and coach Cooks came by my school a couple weeks ago. Coach Cooks he said that their safety is the quarterback of the defense and I feel I can take on the job and get that job done."
It's no secret that Notre Dame hasn't had the success on the field over the past 15 years that it is used to, but that isn't a concern for Johnson.
"I'm the type of person that likes to compete and I feel if I came up there that I'd be able to get things around," Johnson said. "I always wanted to be the person that turned the defense around and got a team going in the right direction. I wanted to be the type of person that went to a big, well known school that was known for winning, the type of guy that turned things around and get thing back to where they were.
"I like everything that they've talked to me about. Education, being away, and I think I can fit into their defense. The one thing I do know is, if I were to go there my family could watch me every Saturday on TV."
Johnson and his family will get a chance to see Notre Dame for the first time in a month when he takes an unofficial visit to South Bend.
"I think I'll be up to Notre Dame on June 16 to June 18. That's the only visit that I've scheduled so far."
One thing Notre Dame is looking for through recruiting is to find impact players on defense. Johnson believes he's that type of player.
"When I'm between the white lines I'm aggressive and mean," he said. "I get after it. I'm always competing. I play every down. I never take a play off. I always want to win. It's all about winning to me and competing. I love to hit, but I also think I'm a ball hawk."
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