Recruiting: OSU In Good Shape With Johnson

The Waco High Lions are building toward a run at the Class 4A state championship after falling just short last season when they lost to La Marque in the Division II title game. Victor Johnson helped give the Lions to a 14-0 first quarter lead in that game with a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown. Now Johnson, a senior, is a wanted man by college recruiters, including Oklahoma State.

"It's going pretty good. I've had a few offers," said Johnson, who has offers from a list of schools that includes Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Miami (Fla.), Baylor, and Texas Tech. "I'm not ready to have a list of favorites. I've got a lot of favorites right now and I'm relaxing with it."

He did designate one school as the program that is recruiting him the most aggressively, and it is also the one school where he has made an unofficial visit.

"Oklahoma State is pretty good and they are recruiting me pretty hard," said Johnson, who said he likes his OSU recruiter, assistant coach Doug Meacham. "Nebraska is recruiting me hard too, and Miami keeps in touch a lot."

Johnson said he grew up rooting for Miami and Texas. He really is intent on taking his official visits before coming up with any decision.

"Yes, I need to take my official visits before I make a decision," he confirmed. "I did visit Oklahoma State, but that wasn't a real visit (unofficial). It was nice, really nice, and I'm close to going over there. I am going to go back and make an official visit there."

Johnson said practice for the Waco Lions and the 2007 season starts Aug. 8 or 9, but he isn't waiting to get ready.

"I'm getting ready for the season right now, working out all the time and pretty hard," said the 6-1, 180-pound free safety. "I'm also working for my Pa Pa doing lawn service. It's been hard with all the rain, hard to get those yards mowed," added Johnson laughing about the unusual wet summer.

Johnson is a first-team All-Super Team player in Texas Football Magazine and considered a true blue chip prospect when it comes to Texas targets for the Cowboys. He has good speed and a best of 22.1 seconds in the 200 meters. He has a 240-pound bench press and a 360-pound squat max. Academically, he is taking the SAT this month and has a 3.2 GPA. As a junior he had 93 tackles and five interceptions including that one he returned the distance against La Marque in the championship game.

This will be a longer recruiting battle but Oklahoma State appears to be in as good a shape as they can be at this point with a really good free safety prospect.

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