Dallas Kimball athlete Devodrick Johnson was one of the first defensive back targets in the class of 2017 to be offered by Texas Tech. His recruitment has blown up since then, with schools from four of the Power Five conferences extending offers.
Johnson took an unofficial visit to Lubbock, and was surprised by what he found out in West Texas.
"It was a pretty good experience. It's different. People always say stuff to me like how it's out in the middle of nowhere, but it's really not. It's really different. When you get down there, you'll see that there's actually something to do there."
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defender got the full visit experience when he went out to Tech.
"I got to talk to the coaches, visit the facilities, see the dorms, watch some film, I learned a lot of different things."
"Yes sir, we're pretty tight buddies. Me and Jack, we talked a long time ago, when Tech had first offered me. Tech was my second offer, and that's when we had first met. Just got to know each other."
In fact, the visit went so well that Johnson has Texas Tech as one of his favorites.
"You know, I really like the school. It's a good school, a nice program. The dorms are nice. It's a good environment up there. They kind of stay high on my chart. It feels like it could be a good place for me. I love the uniforms. It's a nice environment, with all the fans around there."
One of the things that stood out to the Dallas prospect was watching the coaching staff operate.
"It was a pretty good impression. Just by watching, I learned some different things about how the defensive scheme works. I was talking to the DC about where he sees me playing on the defense and how I could contribute to the team."
Johnson could tell that the coaches really do care about their players.
"I love how the coaches are all about business. It's not all about winning. Most of the time, it's about how the coaches are there to help the kids. They want to make sure the kids get their degree, but at the same time, you also want to win."
One of those coaches has built a close bond with Johnson - outside receivers coach Emmett Jones.
"Me and coach Jones' relationship is very tight. He coached Texas high school football, so he knows how it is. He grew up basically where I'm growing up at, so he knows the different things it took for me to get to the place I'm at. He knows how it is."
In fact, Jones first met the prospect - who is being recruited at safety - while coaching against him at South Oak Cliff.
"He used to be one of the coaches for our rivalry school. He just happened to be at the game when we played them, and I just did my thing like always, and ever since then he's always stayed in contact with me."
Johnson is operating on a fairly short timeline, with only a few months left before he decides.
"[I'll commit] somewhere around when the season starts, or right before the season starts."
At this point, three schools are standing out the most to the Metroplex defender.
"Texas Tech, TCU, and Mississippi State."
Devodrick Johnson holds offers from Arizona, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Houston, among others. He is receiving interest from Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU, among others.