It's starting to become clear for Rowlett (Texas) High three-star defensive tackle Cedric Johnson. The light is there at the end of the tunnel.
Now it's almost time for a decision. Johnson returned to Norman, Okla., this weekend to see OU's 20-17 victory against TCU.
"Getting to see them in person was a lot of fun," Johnson said. "The fans got into it a lot. I really enjoyed watching the game."
Johnson visited OU on Saturday and stayed in Oklahoma City for the night instead of returning home late Saturday night. It allowed him to stay for the whole game and to enjoy the atmosphere following the game.
"The players were hyped up," Johnson said. "They were loving it."
OU fans were hoping that a commitment would happen with Johnson this weekend but that was never firmly in the plans. Johnson didn't rule it out, but he has a train of thought as it pertains to his recruitment.
He visited OU for a spring practice and was hoping for the offer there. It didn't happen, but the Sooners came around and offered late in the summer. He said he really wanted to see an OU game in person to evaluate everything – that's what was so vital to the visit.
With that box checked, now he wants to do the same with Baylor. Johnson said he doesn't know when he will make his next unofficial visit to Baylor, a school he has also seen in the past. The Bears host the Sooners on Nov. 7, which could be a possible visit date.
Johnson has paid close attention to OU's defense throughout this season in terms of scheme and execution, and Saturday night was no exception.
"They played pretty well," Johnson said. "The defense did a great job. The offense struggled at times, but the defense came up and did enough to win."
Johnson said he didn't really get a chance to talk to the OU coaches that much although he does remain in constant contact with OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.
Johnson still hasn't made any official visits and said he is not putting any sort of deadline or expectations on his recruitment.