Lyndell Johnson: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with East High School head coach Johnny Ringo about Lyndell Johnson, a 6-3, 190-pound safety from Plano, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Johnny Ringo: He's a very physical player with great range as a safety. He has great instincts. He had a great understanding of our defense. More than anything else he's just a real instinctive player.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Johnny Ringo: He played in what we feel like is the toughest district in Texas, so we feel like jumping to big-time Division I, I think he'll be ready. The man thing for him will be the strength part. We obviously get after it pretty good in the weight room but that's going to be the difference. You see so many players in their freshman year gain a lot of weight and add a lot of strength and that will be the case with him. He's got a chance to be a really big guy when it's all said and done.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Johnny Ringo: He had quite a few. I know in one game this year he had a scoop (of a fumble) and score from about the 3- or 4-yard line for a touchdown, a return for 97 yards. He's a guy who when he's moving he doesn't look like he's moving all that quick but he's covering a lot of ground. There were times each of the past two years that received the big-hit award at the (end of the season) banquet. He's shared that award as a junior and senior.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Johnny Ringo: Physical, instinctive and great competitor.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Johnny Ringo: He really likes the staff up there, he really likes the school and the academic opportunities, and, of course, the facilities are awesome. His cousin (Desmond Roland) from Lake Highlands is also going there, and that didn't hurt.

What type of impact do you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Johnny Ringo: He's got all the intangibles and all the tools, but I think again that 5A football here is pretty tough. I feel like he can step in if things go according to plan, and need obviously (plays a role), but I think he can step in and contribute. But at the same time you've got quite a few guys that have been there for a few years doing a great job as well.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Johnny Ringo: Well, we've got three (former players) in the NFL right now. We've got another one at Texas in Keenan Robinson who has a chance to be drafted after this upcoming season. For Lyndell, he's got those same opportunities. We've got a center going to UCLA in his class, and both of those guys if they take care of their business, academically and athetically, and continue to grow as a person and as an athlete, they both have a chance to play at that next level as well. Mainly, because they've seen it. Charlie Peprah (of the Green Bay Packers) will be coming back to town, and they see and hear about guys that were at the same place they're in right now. My hope for his is that number one, he will get his degree and do a great job for the Oklahoma State family and hopefully play well enough to contribute, and then see what happens after that.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Johnny Ringo: He's extremely coachable, a great kid with a great smile. We felt his leadership presence in the locker room every day.


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