Recruiting: Kevin Johnson Is A Big, Fast WR

Numbers in recruiting are important, but so many times they are wrong. Kevin Johnson of Houston's Cy Ridge High School informed us that he is 6-2 and 200 pounds, but also let us know that the 4.55 that Scout lists for his 40 time is false. "I've run a 4.39," said Johnson in a very humble voice.

The difference between a 4.55, which is fast, and a 4.39 for a wide receiver prospect is gargantuan. Oklahoma State and Houston-recruiting associate head coach Joe DeForest offered Johnson last week and he can now add that to a list that also includes Baylor, Minnesota, Rice, SMU, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Iowa State, Utah, Syracuse, and Arizona.

"I've got a lot of choices and I am just right now working on trying to narrow the schools down," said the well-spoken Johnson. "I'm taking it pretty slow, day to day, and keeping my focus on spring football (at Cy Ridge) and my team. It will be around the end of the summer that I hope to make a decision.

"I follow Oklahoma State a lot and it was exciting when they offered last week," added Johnson. "They had a lot of success last season with that spread offense and Zac Robinson at quarterback. They have great players like Dez Bryant. They are a very interesting program."

Johnson caught 45 passes for 691 yards and 12 touchdowns for a playoff team last season. Besides speed he also has good vertical skills to go up and get the ball. His coach believes his hands are as good as you can find on a high school receiver. He has a 245-pound bench press, 405-pound squat, and is in good shape academically. He also runs track at Cy Ridge.

When it comes to recruiting, he knows what he is looking for in a college.

"There are three main factors," explained Johnson. "I'm looking for an up and coming program that knows how to put the pieces together and will do it year after year.

"Then I'm looking for academic support. A school that has all the tools there for their athletes to succeed in the classroom. Finally, I want good enthusiasm and a good coaching staff.

"Right now geography won't play a role in it (decision). That may change later, but for right now geography is not involved. I'm hoping to pick out four or five schools, maybe six, and even go on trips to see them early this summer. After that I should be in better shape to start making my decision."

There is no doubt that Johnson has a lot of choices and he is getting more popular by the day as he can count on seeing other offers as coaches continue to pass through during the evaluation period.

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