2014 defensive back and punt return extraordinaire Jahshawn Johnson got a call out of the blue from SMU last week saying that he has earned the opportunity to join the Mustang family.
Johnson says he was surprised when the scholarship was extended because he had not heard anything from the SMU coaching staff prior to the offer. But Eric Daniels, SMU's defensive coordinator of quality control, is now in charge of recruiting the talented playmaker.
"Coach Daniels called me one night, and he was talking about it so that's how I found out," Johnson said. "Before then, I hadn't talked to anybody."
Johnson recalled that Ennis had already sent one of their own to SMU. Wide receiver Kyle Guinyard, who currently suits up for the Mustangs, played for Ennis just a year before Johnson arrived.
"I like SMU. It's a nice school," Johnson said. "We had (Guinyard) go to SMU not too long ago, and he seems to like it so maybe I'll like it too."
Like many other athletes with experience playing in the secondary, Johnson has the versatility to play both safety and cornerback and his recruiting backs that up.
The three-star prospect also holds offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado State, Kansas, Iowa, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Washington and Washington State, with all of the schools recruiting him as either a cornerback or safety.
Johnson says SMU has given him the option to play either position. At the next level, the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder thinks that he can make the most impact playing safety but because of his size and 4.4 speed, some schools are looking to convert him.
However, safety isn't just a position that Johnson accidentally started playing. In fact, he was born into the role and molded by his father Keith Davis, who spent seven years in the NFL, five of them with the Dallas Cowboys.
"My dad played safety all throughout his career," Johnson said. "He's taught me how to make reads faster, how to read the quarterback and how to know what the receiver is going to do out of the break.
"So I have a little bit of an advantage over other people. All I've ever known is safety."
Johnson says as of now, he is most interested in Washington, Kansas and Tulsa because their coaches have contacted him the most and created the best relationships with him.
His goals for the offseason are to get quicker, faster and more fluid with his back pedal and hips in case he does have to play cornerback. In 2012, he recorded 72 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and nine pass deflections.
Next season, Johnson has lofty expectations but believes that his goals are very obtainable.
"I want to get back into the playoffs first off," Johnson said. "I'm looking at being the Defensive MVP of our district and possibly making all-state as a safety as well as getting back my all-state honors as a punt returner too. And I just want to go all the way and get a state championship this year."
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