RECRUITING: Texas Giant has a leader?

Denton, Texas offensive lineman Herman Johnson talks recruiting and about his interest in Oklahoma

Denton, Texas offensive tackle Herman Johnson told OUInsider.com in an exclusive interview today that he doesn't have a "favorite," but emphasized the Sooners are very much in the running for his services.

"(They're) kind of (my leader)," said Johnson. "I'm leaning towards Oklahoma."

However, the 6-foot-8, 340-pounder said he has no plans to make his verbal commitment until after his upcoming high school football season is complete.

For now, Johnson said he's still considering OU, Louisiana State, Colorado and Texas A&M.

"My (official) visits will probably decide it (my commitment)," said Johnson, who runs a 5.5. "Because they'll give me another look at each school."

Johnson said he hopes to attend several OU football games this season, including the season opener vs. North Texas on Aug. 30.

His last trip to Norman was in March for Junior Day, where he said Bob Stoops pulled him aside for a one-on-one talk in his office.

"He's very laid back and a real nice guy," said Johnson. "He told me OU's tackle position is kind of low and that I could definitely help them."

Karen Johnson, Herman's mother, declined to name her son's front-runner, saying it would be a "family decision," yet she was very upbeat about the Sooners.

"I was really impressed by OU," she said. "Especially by the academic center, the coach and his staff."

She said also hinted that other factors besides football might play into her son's college choice.

"They (Oklahoma) have a plus, because it's only a two-hour drive," she said. "OU's the closest college other than North Texas from my home, so they (Oklahoma) definitely get some brownie points."

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