It's no secret that SMU needs to fill a major need at nose tackle so it comes as no surprise that the Mustangs extended an offer to Cedric Johnson earlier this week.
The Rowlett product already holds multiple BCS offers and may be that dominant force in the middle SMU is looking for.
"One of the SMU coaches came to our practice this week. I can't remember his name, but he asked me if I had heard anything about an offer from SMU," Johnson said. "I told him no, and he told well, we're giving you a scholarship. It felt great because the recruiting process is really picking up."
While Johnson doesn't know who his recruiter is and had never heard SMU prior to this week, he's still intrigued by what the Ponies have to offer.
"I have heard really good things about SMU, and I know they were great back in the day I feel like they are trying to get back there," he said. "Academically you can't get any better. I saw them play UTEP two years ago, and the atmosphere was nice."
But SMU does not top his list. The No.1 spot belongs to Baylor. Johnson has made two trips to Waco this spring and has developed a great relationship with his recruiter, Jim Gush.
"Baylor is standing out to me the most because I love the atmosphere there. Everybody is excited about the program and works so well together," Johnson said. "The coaching staff is awesome too."
If SMU makes a strong push in coming months, the 6-foot-2, 285-pounder says he would have no problem playing in thee Mustangs' 3-4 defense. Last season, he notched 50 tackles and three sacks while playing both zero and one techniques.
"It would be fun to play head up with the center," he said. "I feel like I bring a lot of strength and power at my position. I always keep pushing, and I feel like I'm really physical."
Johnson has also made trips to LSU, Oklahoma and Houston this spring. Along with SMU, he hopes to visit Tulsa and Washington State this summer.
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