TTU Walk On Candidate Enjoyed Visit

Lubbock Monterey QB/S <b>Blake Johnston</b> may be a hidden talent to most, but he has definitely caught the eye of head coach <b>Mike Leach</b> and the Texas Tech coaching staff.

Blake Johnston made an official visit to Lubbock this past weekend but he didn't have to go far.

"I'm a Lubbock native so the location at Texas Tech is awesome," he said.

Raider Power was able to talk to the 6-1, 185-pound projected DB to get his insight on his visit and his observations on Tech.

"Well, first of all I was really impressed with the facilities," Johnston said. "They have done so much to improve this place, it's amazing."

The local standout also said he "grew up in Lubbock and to have the opportunity to be in the locker room and put on a jersey with your name on it was a dream come true."

But will the kid land a solid offer?

"No, I'm on the preferred walk-on list," Johnston said, "But Coach Leach told all of us it doesn't matter if you're a walk on or a scholarship guy, everyone will get the same opportunities to succeed at Tech."

While we project the kid in the secondary Johnston said, "I'm not sure where I'd play at Tech. I played QB last year and ran for 1,199 yards, 15 TDs and had 1,307 yards passing, 13 TDs with 6 INTs. I also played safety on defense. Coach Leach told me we would play it by ear and see where I fit in."

Texas Tech isn't the only school pursuing the talented option-quarterback/safety as the military academies are hot on his trail.

"Army and Air Force are very intrested," he said. "But I'm not interested in going there. I would prefer to go to Texas Tech. I'm looking forward to it. I think I can make a contribution to this team at any position the staff thinks I should play."

With Blake's positive outlook, the Red Raiders may have found another student/athlete they can turn into a quality grid-iron hero...

Note: Johnston has 4.68 GPA on a 5.0 scale and ranks seventh in his class.

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