RECRUITING: Sooners hot on Juco DE's trail

Despite just one season of playing experience, NEO Junior College DE Tim Johnson is a hot prospect.


Tim Johnson is one of very best defensive linemen in the JUCO ranks. And playing at a great program like NEO, he has been able to develop into a top flight D-1 prospect.

Based out of Homewood, Ill., Johnson played his high school football at Flossmoor High School. Johnson, who redshirted last season at NEO, was forced to go to junior college out of high school because of academics.

Johnson will draw a starting assignment at defensive end this season after earning offers from Michigan State and Northern Illinois out of high school.

"I can't wait to get back out on the field because I have only played one year of organized football," said Johnson. "I can't wait until I get back out on the field and see what I can do. I did pretty well in spring ball. I was a basketball player up until the end of my junior year and I just starting thinking that my body was better suited for football. I started looking at some of the guys on our team and they were bulking up and I was a 250-pound guy at 6-5, and I didn't think I was going to get many offers my senior year for basketball. I switched over to football my senior year and I did pretty well with 75 tackles. My grades kept me from getting all the offers I could get, so I decided to go to NEO where I can get my grades and play some good football."

Johnson can bench 365 pounds, squats 530 and he has posted a 32-inch vertical jump. Despite only playing one-year of high school football, and not a down of junior college football, Johnson has 10 offers on the table.

"I have it narrowed down to three schools," said Johnson. "I like OU, Arizona State and LSU. Easily, my favorite is OU. I like their team and they have always been one of my favorite teams. I have always wanted to go there. I love their coaches and I just love their program right now. I am very close to committing to OU. I am going to call my recruiting coach at OU (Jackie Shipp) and talk to him about a couple of things, and then I want to talk to my coach here at NEO and get their input on it. I hope to commit to OU real soon."

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