UT Pursues Texas-sized DB

You won't find him on any preseason high school all-American watch lists, but he might just intimidate a few of the receivers that are on such elite assemblages.

No, Daniel Johnson isn't a name known in five-star circles, however he may head the category of prospects with outstanding upside. The fact he checks in at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and plays cornerback for Spring Wood High School in Houston, Texas, underscores that status.

Johnson is able to survive on an island with the quickest and fleetest thanks to his awesome agility and stunning 4.52 speed. He projects as a safety at the collegiate level, but could become an outside linebacker by just eating a big breakfast.

Seriously, Johnson needs to refine his technique and develop his zone coverage skills to play safety at the next level, but his athletic ability alone gives him a chance to play early, which is a high priority in his decision-making process.

"I want to play as a true freshman," Johnson told Zach Kilborn of RaiderPower.com. "Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, (Texas) Tech, Texas, Tennessee, and LSU are all saying I can play as a true freshman."

All of those schools have extended Johnson scholarship offers in addition to his other favorites — Texas A&M, Arkansas and Miami. That's an impressive collection of suitors for a three-star prospect with a lot of room for improvement. However, to read Scout.com's capsule summary of his attributes it's not really surprising he's getting that type interest.

"An absolute specimen with a tremendous size/speed package. Plays cornerback but projects as a strong safety or outside linebacker on the next level. A bit raw as a DB, the track speed has D.J. showing a great deal of upside/potential for the next level."

For a Tennessee team in need of both big safeties and fast linebackers, Johnson is one of those rare prospects that could fill the twin bill.

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