Southern Methodist University picked up its ninth commitment of the year when Ft. Bend Hightower's speedy wide receiver Darius Johnson made his pledge to the Mustangs.
According to Darius Johnson's mother Angela, several key things factored into the standout wide out's decision.
"SMU by far was the best offensive fit for Darius," Mrs. Johnson told PonyStampede.com Monday afternoon. "We compared SMU to several schools, they had better facilities, a nicer campus and the main thing that attracted us to the Dallas school was the coaching staff. Darius really loves Coach Reinebold and the entire coaching staff."
Johnson, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete that runs a 4.4 forty, finished his junior season with 695 yards and 14 touchdowns earning himself first team All-District honors.
He also ran in the state track meet a couple of months ago where his 400 Meter relay team won sixth place.
The athletic Johnson scored one touchdown for the Green team and caught four passes in his spring game last month for 80 yards and ran one reverse.
"SMU is getting a great player," head coach Shane Halmark said. "Darius is a player that makes things happens once he gets his hands on the ball. I'm sure glad he's on my team."
Coach Halmark was also high on Johnson as a person.
"He is a great young man," Halmark said. "You couldn't ask for a more dedicated player or person."
According to Johnson he is looking for a school that he can get a quality education from.
"My grades are very important to me," Johnson said. "SMU has a great academic reputation. I can get a quality education at SMU.