The Sooners have picked up their first commitment in nearly two months as Rochester (N.Y.) Monroe CC cornerback Will Johnson confirmed Sunday afternoon he has pledged to the Sooners.
Johnson, listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, didn’t receive his OU offer until Sunday morning and decided to end the process right then and there.
“It feels great,” Johnson said. “Now I can get my mind set on one thing and looking into just one goal. It’s shocking. Amazing. Incredible. It was a long journey to get here.”
Johnson won’t be like a lot of junior college recruits because he will have three years of eligibility left to play in Norman.
It was Tapper, though, who had the words of wisdom for Johnson.
“He told me it would be a really good fit for me,” Johnson said. “He said I would be able to adjust fast and let me know I wouldn’t be alone.”
Johnson first started talking to OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops on Monday and was asked to make the visit. The only way Johnson wouldn’t have gotten an offer was if he was smaller than 5-foot-9 was the joke.
Still the offer didn’t happen until Sunday morning. Johnson was getting ready for his flight back home when he had a one-on-one talk with Bob Stoops, who laid out his future. Cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright entered the room and the coaches let him know he had the offer.
After about 10 more minutes, Johnson let them know he was ready to be a Sooner.
“They were saying welcome to the family,” Johnson said. “I liked the coaches a lot. They were real hands on with the players. There was a strong personal vibe.”
Johnson is OU’s 15th commitment and second at cornerback. It’s OU’s first commitment in nearly two months and could be the start of a lot of pledges coming to Norman in the next few weeks.