Recruiting: Family Important To New Commit

You can go back to his sophomore season at Waco High and it was easy to tell that Victor Johnson would be playing college football someday. Johnson was racking up ball carriers and stealing passes even before he had his driver's license that year, and some had him playing in the NFL eventually. Johnson gave Oklahoma State a verbal commitment Tuesday to play his college football with the Cowboys.

It is a dream that has been realized in Waco before, most recently with LaDanian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers.

Johnson said it was a surprise to him that he did so well on defense.

"I'd always played offense in little league and middle school," said Johnson. "I was the one scoring points, making yards, catching passes, and running with the ball. I thought I would come up to high school and play quarterback.

"Then when I talked to the coaches they said I could play earlier if I was on defense. They put me at safety and I really didn't have any idea what I was doing, but it came almost naturally."

Johnson finished on the honor roll in football three consecutive years. As a sophomore he was the Defensive Newcomer of the Year, as a junior he was first-team all-district, and then as a senior he was named the Defensive MVP in the district. The classroom wasn't as easy for Johnson, but he did carry a 2.75 GPA in his core subjects. He worked on the SAT with a class on taking the test and set out to do better.

"My school work, getting an education, and then eventually, getting my degree is important to me," said the 6-2, 179-pound Johnson. "I have pride and I am going to be competitive in that area just like I am on the field. It is important to my family that I do well in school."

Extremely important. In fact, it was family that pointed him toward Stillwater and OSU.

"My grandmother really wanted me to go to Oklahoma State ," he said. "Family is very important to me. I like just chilling and hanging with my family, especially my brother. I have always looked up to him. He was really good in football and went to Texas A&M but didn't make it. He is a coach and I am always listening to him and getting him to coach me. He has always coached me."

No doubt that big brother is really proud of how his little brother has turned out, on and off the field.

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