3-Star DB Checks Out SMU

Ennis safety Jahshawn Johnson recently visited SMU. More inside!

2014 defensive back Jahshawn Johnson was the highest ranked prospect at SMU's camp in Dallas last week. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder out of Ennis did not participate in any drills at the camp, but had a chance to talk to the coaches and get a look around.

"The camp was alright, the coaches were really nice to me," he said. "I didn't participate or anything, I just sat there and watched how things work. It was a good experience."

Johnson picked up an offer from linebackers coach Eric Daniels last month and hopes to have more regular contact with his recruiter. He plans on learning more about the Hilltop this summer.

"Honestly, I'm looking at SMU, but I can't really tell you how interested I am at this point," he said. "I'm not really too familiar with the program or coaching staff yet. I want to talk to Kyle Guinyard first, who went to my high school and now goes there."

Johnson holds multiple offers and listed Arizona State, Iowa, Kansas, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Washington as early favorites. The three-star prospect can play both cornerback and safety on defensive but says one position feels much more natural to him.

"I prefer safety," he said. "I think I'm at my best there. I learned some things from my father, Keith Davis, who also played safety in the NFL. That's where I think my advantage is over other people."

Johnson was a very successful punt returner for Ennis last season and posted 72 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. However, his goals for next season are much more team-oriented.

"I want to get a state championship," he said. "I'm not thinking about my individual goals as much, I'm thinking about being successful in the playoffs."

The SMU coaching staff could decide to make a push for Johnson with the help of Guinyard. He would be a terrific pickup for the program and could be a big boost the 2014 class.

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