One of the fastest rising receiver prospects in the state of Texas has traded in his football cleats for basketball shoes this summer. Arp (TX) wideout Sedrick Johnson is currently playing summer AAU basketball, and while in basketball mode took the opportunity to attend the Texas A&M Elite basketball camp last week.
"It was fun. I got to meet a lot of new people and I learned a lot," Johnson said. "Coach Turgeon is a nice guy and the staff at A&M is very good. Overall it was a great experience."
Observers at the camp came away equally impressed with Johnson's overall athleticism.
"I thought I did well. I did pretty good finding the open man and my shot was falling," Johnson said. "I had the highest vertical jump posted at the camp when we tested. I hit 39.5 inches."
At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, the versatile athlete has the skills to be a playmaking wide receiver in football or a talented high-flying wing man with a good outside shot in basketball at the next level. At this point, Johnson really doesn't have a preference.
"It just depends on the time of year. I enjoy playing both. Right now I'm in basketball mode," Johnson said. "At the next level, I want to go somewhere that will give me an opportunity to play both sports."
The east Texas native has an ever-increasing list of college offers for his services as a football prospect including Arizona State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Mchigan, Arkansas, and LSU with serious interest from the defending national champion Florida Gators.
"I'm looking at a lot of schools," Johnson said. "But I'd say that Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Oklahoma State are near the top with Nebraska and Michigan also in my top five."
With Johnson across the street from the Texas A&M football complex during the A&M Elite basketball camp, did he have an opportunity to meet with Coach Dennis Franchione and the football staff?
"Yeah, I went over and talked to the football coaches," Johnson said. "They said they really want me and they are cool with me playing basketball. It was a good visit. A&M is pretty high on my list right now."
But Johnson was quick to say that he's not sure when he'll narrow his list and make a final decision. For now, he has his basketball shoes on and is in hoops mode.
"I'm mainly focusing on my AAU ball now," Johnson said. "We're scheduled to be out in Las Vegas for the big tournament there and also we'll play in Memphis and Dallas."
However, don't be surprised to see Johnson show up for some 7-on-7 football tournaments between basketball trips.
"I hope to play some 7-on-7 on weekends I'm not at an AAU event," Johnson said. "I just like playing both sports when I can."
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