Tyler's Jeremy Johnson had one goal this year. It wasn't stat based. It wasn't award based. It was for the Lions to win the Class 5A state championship. Today, the goal came up just short. Taking on one of the state's hottest defenses, Tyler lost 31-7 against Klein in Waco.
"We just had a bad game. They just came to play the game today and we didn't. There is nothing else to say," stated Johnson to PonyStampede.com on Saturday night.
Johnson was limited to 83 yards on 18 carries from the quarterback position. Far below his average numbers this season. He ends the year running for over 1900 yards, passing for over 1800 yards, with 40 total touchdowns.
"They didn't really do anything special. We just weren't ready to play," said Johnson.
Now the 2010 high school senior will make new goals. Goals that are geared towards the next level. But first, he will take more than a few days off to rest.
"I got a little banged up today, so I'm going to take a week or so and try to get healed up before I start planning on working out for the next level," said Johnson. "I hurt my ankle today and I was limping the whole game. I also hurt my heel this week in practice. So I'm a little banged up."
With so many total yards and touchdowns this season, it should come to no surprise that likely college wide receiver is being mentioned by many as a possible player of the year in East Texas. A honor that the SMU commitment embraces, but was not striving for.
"I think it's pretty cool that they are mentioning my name, but I would be much happier if we had won state. That is the only thing that mattered to me," said the quarterback.
Since committing to the Mustangs in April, Johnson's stock has gone up every month. At this time, he reports that he doesn't feel like any school is hard after him late in the recruiting game. Recently he visited Fort Worth for the TCU/Utah game. PonyStampede.com sources told us a week after the game, that there was a good chance the Horned Frogs could offer.
After getting a week of rest to recover, Johnson will begin the final stage of the recruiting process. Even though he has been to the Hilltop before, an official visit is in order soon.
"Right now I'm going to take an official to SMU and that is it. I don't know of anyone else right now. I maybe open to taking other officials, but I don't know. I'm 100% committed to SMU," said Johnson.
PonyStampede.com will stay close to this story and let you know when he will be taking his official visit.