RECRUITING: Texas DE down to three

Galena Park, Texas defensive end Trumaine Johnson talks about his top three. Did OU make the cut?


Trumaine is one bad dude, and we mean that in a good way. Rated by the Insiders Network as a top 20 player in Texas, Johnson is a defense end with a fast motor and a tremendous drive to succeed. Johnson is so talented that he started at defensive end as a true freshman at 195 pounds. As a sophomore, Johnson beefed up to 220 pounds at linebacker, but moved back to defensive end last season. This season Brown is still at defensive end and he works some at tight end.

"I don't like to keep track of my stats, so I can't tell you from that perspective how I am doing," said Johnson. "I think I am playing well enough to improve our pass rush and improve our defensive front. I have improved my power move in the pass rush and that is what my team really needed me to do."

Johnson can bench 335 pounds, squats 470 and admits that he is getting better in the weight room. Johnson has been offered by 28 different teams and he narrowed his decision down to three.

"I like Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma State," said Johnson. "I also have a little interest in Oklahoma, but right now they trail the top three. LSU and Texas A&M are probably my top two schools. The coaches at both schools are very straight-forward with me. The players have been great with me. They have proven to me that they have the environment that I am looking for. The coaches have explained everything for me at both school and they have not beaten around the bush. That is what I want in recruiting and that is what I am looking for from them."

Johnson says he will take his visits after his high school season is over.

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