The spring evaluation period kicked off this week and the Texas Tech coaches have hit the road.
A few coaches hit the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex early this week, and extended offers to promising prospects now that they can talk to them in person. One of those prospects was 2017 athlete Devodrick Johnson out of Dallas Kimball High School.
Johnson, who Texas Tech is recruiting at safety, was a standout quarterback for Kimball last season with 12 touchdowns and nine rushing touchdowns with only five interceptions. He also played safety some, and the Tech coaches clearly think he can excel on that side of the ball as they extended the offer on Tuesday.
"It went down yesterday morning. Coach Jones and Coach Scott, they came up to the school and came and talked to me. It was a good conversation, then they said they'd hit me up. Then they called me back, coach Jones called me back and they offered me a full scholarship."
It was the first time for Johnson to meet coach Scott in person.
"He was just talking to me, just seeing who I am, putting a face to a name. Just getting to know each other."
However, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder's relationship with Coach Jones extends back to when Jones coached the high school ranks.
"I've known coach Jones for a while. I played against his high school team one time and he was there coaching. At the end of the game he was talking to me. After he went to Texas Tech he kept in touch with me, and that's how I started getting recruited by them."
Johnson thinks highly of Texas Tech and its coaching staff.
"I really think it's a good program. It's a really good place. The atmosphere, being around coach Jones, it makes you want to go there but I've got to talk it over with my family and make a decision."
He also plans on unofficially visiting campus sometime this spring.
"Yes sir. I don't have a date in mind, but I want to get up there in the next two or three weeks."
Johnson cited the atmosphere as his top priority in a school at the next level.
"I just want to be somewhere I feel comfortable. I want to be able to connect to the coaches, feel at home on campus and get a vibe with the coaches."
Though Texas Tech has a good relationship with Johnson and is seemingly in a good spot, he is keeping everything even at this point and doesn't have a timeline finalized for making a commitment.
"Maybe right before the season starts. It all depends, I don't really know right now."
Mississippi State, Tulsa, TCU, UNT, Arkansas State, Baylor, Houston, Texas State, and Rice are all showing interest so far. Texas Tech and SMU are the schools that have offered.