Thanks in part to Texas A&M commit Sedrick Johnson and a stingy Tiger defense, Arp defeated Corrigan-Camden this past Friday 24-6 in Nacogdoches to set up a showdown with powerhouse Elysian Fields this weekend in the quest to reach the Texas state championship. Johnson took a short pass, split two defenders and outran everybody to the end zone on a 73 yard touchdown pass that helped seal the victory over the favored Bulldogs.
But while Arp's current playoff run is front and center in Johnson's focus, the coaching situation at Texas A&M could play a significant role in his collegiate career, or will it?
Prior to Texas A&M hiring NFL coach Mike Sherman, Johnson wasn't sure what was in his future or what he should do about the recruiting process. In fact, he wasn't sure what to think about the resignation of Dennis Franchione, who originally recruited Johnson to verbally commit this summer.
"Well, it was a shock when it happened. I mean, I knew it was possible after all the talk, but to actually hear it was tough," Johnson said. "Coach Franchione is a good person and an honest man, so I didn't like seeing it go down. But, I understand that's how things are in college coaching."
As of Sunday, Johnson had not heard from new coach Coach Sherman. Johnson realizes the time constraints on a NFL coach in the middle of the season and he's heard good things about the new head man at TexasA&M.
"I know he likes to pass the ball. I know he's the offensive coordinator with the Texans and coached Brett Favre and the Packers," Johnson said. "They say he knows his stuff, that he's an offensive genius. As a receiver, that's what you want to hear."
With the coaching shuffle, several schools have made a run at Texas A&M commits, and Johnson is no exception. LSU has been a school Johnson has visited and he stays in touch with the Tiger staff. So where does Johnson now stand with his commitment to Texas A&M and the recruiting process?
"I'm still an Aggie. I'm curious to meet the new coach staff and how they plan to do things," Johnson said. "But I don't think I'm going to bail on them. Like I said, I'm an Aggie."
Johnson hopes to talk to the new staff in the coming days and set-up his visit, but he has other things on his mind right now, and that's beating Elysian Fields and moving a step closer to a state championship.
"I'm doing what I can to help the team get to state," Johnson said. "I'm getting double-teamed all the time, and that gives the offense opportunities at other areas of the field. Plus, our coach is moving me around and trying to find ways to get me the ball in space."
Elysian Fields will be a huge challenge for the Tigers, as they have dominated football in that region for years. However, Arp has bucked the odds this far, and with a weapon like Johnson on the field, anything can happen.