Javius Townsend: 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 Madison High School head coach Ronald Johnson about Javius Townsend, a 6-4, 280-pound offensive lineman from Dallas who switched his commitment from Texas Tech to Oklahoma State in January.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Ronald Johnson: He runs well, has good long arm stretch, and he loves the game. I would say his pass blocking is his strength.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Ronald Johnson: I think he just needs to fall in love with the game a little bit more. He's a talented kid but once he falls in love with the game I think he'll have a lot more to offer.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Ronald Johnson: Oh, man, it would have to be the Carrollton Ranchview game his senior year. He got quite a few pancakes that game.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Ronald Johnson: Talented athlete.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Ronald Johnson: Originally he committed to Texas Tech because he liked their spread offense and he will fit well in a wide-open offense. He always had Oklahoma State in his heart and he just feels like Coach Gundy's offense will fit him, and fit his style. He's excited about going to Oklahoma State.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Ronald Johnson: I think he's going to have a great impact. Javius is a talented athlete, and we're just waiting for that light to go on for him to beginning loving the game, and when it does he's going to be one of the ones getting paid at the next level.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Ronald Johnson: I can see him being an All-American. I can see him possibly winning awards. He's a great, great kid with a great personality. I can see him going big in the draft.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Ronald Johnson: First thing I'm going to remember is that I had to beg his granny to let him play football. When he was a freshman I saw this kid walking down the hall, the biggest kid in the building, and granny would not let him play. I begged her for an hour on the phone, ‘Grandmother, please let him play. Please let him play.' She said, ‘His grades will fall. It'll take time away from studies.' I told her we'd take care of him and make sure he kept his grades up. She finally let him play and she's happy we talked her into it now.

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