Johnson quiet but still solid with OU

Sometimes it's tough to know what's going through Jamile Johnson's mind because he's so quiet about things, but he's still all about OU.

Not every recruit is going to be like Joe Mixon. The five-star running back signee with Oklahoma is among the most vocal recruits there has been in a long time.

Some just quietly go about their business. Men of few words, few tweets and just concentrate on what they need to do.

Sometimes that can be misconstrued as something else. Silence isn't always golden, but Dallas South Oak Cliff defensive back Jamile Johnson wants everybody to know he's still with the Sooners.

"Boomer Sooner," Johnson said.

A three-star prospect, Johnson's pledge to OU caught a lot of people off guard Valentine's Day because of the fact he has been so quiet about his recruitment. Offered on an unofficial visit in October, nothing he said after that point indicated OU was in the lead.

But the Sooners had put in the work, and he said nobody should have been surprised by his commitment because when he was at OU, he felt at home and felt like he was part of the family.

Things have picked up for Johnson since the OU commitment, most notably in-state schools like Texas and TCU have been plugging away at him and seeing if they can sway him.

Johnson wasn't able to make it to Norman last weekend because of the ACT, but he was at OU last month for OU's second junior day. Much like the visit before, he felt comfortable and felt at home.

"It felt great to be back there," Johnson said. "I felt like I was being taken to my mother's house, like I was home."

Johnson was recently at the Nike Football Training Combine event but did not participate. Coming off an injury in track, Johnson was hoping to showcase his skills, but he decided it would be best if he rest up and get back to 100 percent.

He said he wants to make it back to OU, but even if he doesn't, he doesn't have any other visits in mind at this time.

"The tradition of OU is something you can't ignore," Johnson said. "There's nothing strange about it. They do what they do. Their good players come out of their program successful."

They also get opportunities, which is what Johnson saw last year. He never played against Zack Sanchez in high school when Sanchez was at Keller (Texas) High, but it made a big impression on Johnson to see Sanchez starting at cornerback as a redshirt freshman.

His teammate, Prentice McKinney, committed to Notre Dame last month, and Johnson said the Irish are still hoping to pull off a Dallas South Oak Cliff combo deal.

Right now that's not happening. What is happening is Johnson is working to get his legs back to 100 percent. He said he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the Texas Tech camp last summer, and he's aiming to top that in the future.

Future he intends to be in Norman as he has developed a good relationship with OU coaches Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops and Jay Boulware.

"We talk almost every other day," Johnson said. "I talk to at least one of them. Everything is going fine, and I'm solid with Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner."

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