Johnson working the process, favors one

This may be considered a down time for football for some schools, but there are plenty of BCS-level schools on the hunt right now building teams for the future. During that time, several athletes are identified as primary targets. And one of those is Midlothian wide receiver Eddie Johnson. SoonersIllustrated caught up with Johnson for an update.

While Midlothian wide receiver Eddie Johnson is by no means a sleeper in the class of 2010, his offer list may not be as long as others in his same position. And even though Johnson has a Big 12, Pac-10, and a couple of Conference USA offers already in hand, he feels like that is just the beginning.

"My recruitment is going real well. I have coaches coming by the school and I am getting a lot of letters," Johnson said. "Baylor, Arizona, SMU, and Tulsa have all offered me, but I heard that TCU, Texas, Colorado, and Texas Tech were all coming by to check me out for spring ball."

As far as junior days, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Johnson has made SMU and Oklahoma, and is set to go to Baylor on February 21. With Oklahoma, it seems like the last time Johnson was in Norman, something was missing from his bag and promised the coaches that he would follow up and get them what they needed.

But, Johnson must be high on the Sooners' list as they came to Midlothian for a pick up.

"I went to junior day at OU and I had forgot my highlight video," Johnson said. "It wasn't too long after that, the (OU) coaches came by my school to pick it up immediately. They have had it (the video) for a few weeks now."

Johnson has kept fairly strong contact with the Sooners since the junior day visit. His primary contact has been assistant offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. This connection between the two has been one of nearly daily communication.

And for Johnson, that has so far separated Oklahoma from other schools recruiting him.

"Coach (Jay) Norvell and I talk almost everyday by email. He just tells me to stay strong and keep in touch with him," Johnson said. "Every time I deal with Oklahoma, they always make me feel at home. I have met coach (Bob) Stoops a few times as well. He is a cool dude."

While he feels like he is not close to committing, Johnson said he feels closer to the Sooners than any other program. But, he still wants to continually do his research.

"I favor OU slightly over the others, but I will keep others schools on my radar," Johnson said. "I know that some of the 2010 guys are committing to schools right now, but the plan is to wait until my senior visits. But if OU offers, that will be good one for me. They are the leader for me right now."

During his junior season, Johnson hauled in 47 receptions for 700 yards and three touchdowns.

Johnson junior video

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories