D.J. Johnson is a perfect fit

D.J. Johnson, an athlete out of St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, is described by his coach as an "outstanding leader and young man" who will fit in at his school of choice, Texas Tech, perfectly. RaiderPower spoke with Coach George Kirk about this talented recruit and how he believes he will progress at Texas Tech.

When colleges began showing interest in St. Stephen's Episcopal star D.J. Johnson, Coach George Kirk sat him down and asked him to come up with a list of five schools that he was interested in.

Texas Tech was at the top of the list, so Kirk, a Littlefield native who has two children that are Tech graduates, began making phone calls and sent video to Coach Sadler.

From there, things just took off.

Coach Sadler and Coach Mainord visited St. Stephen's and were so impressed with Johnson and what they had seen of him on tape that they extended an offer. And it didn't take long for D.J. to commit.

After visiting Lubbock with his father for junior day, Johnson decided that Texas Tech was the place for him.

"Tech jumped on him early, and he really liked Tech," Coach Kirk explained. "When I talked to him [when he decided to commit], he was really excited. I asked, ‘Are you sure that's what you want to do?' And he said, ‘Yes, sir, I'm sure.'"

Coach Kirk explained that although he normally doesn't compare kids, "D.J. has a personality that reminds you of Vince [Young]. He's a hard worker and a pleasure to be around.

"He plays quarterback, running back, and cornerback for us, and next year season he will see time as a receiver. He just always wants to stay on the field. In practice if we are running scout team offense, he wants to be on the field playing defense."

D.J. has amassed some pretty impressive stats on both sides of the ball.

As a sophomore, he rushed for 147 times for 1405 yards and 18 touchdowns and threw six touchdowns. He also had eight tackles, two interceptions and three pass break-ups in only five games on defense.

During his junior season, Johnson threw for 873 yards, ten touchdowns, and three interceptions. On the ground, he rushed 139 times for 1273 yards and ten scores. As a cornerback last season he had 18 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, 6 interceptions, 94 return yards and two touchdowns off of interceptions. He also had five pass break-ups and two blocked PATs.

Johnson was all conference as both a sophomore and a junior, and in addition to his football achievements is also all-state in basketball and a track standout.

With a 4.48 40 time, 39" vertical, and 215 lb. max on the bench press, it's easy to see why Johnson is considered an all around athlete.

He's no slouch in the classroom either, boasting a 3.3 GPA.

The Red Raiders are looking at Johnson to play cornerback, but as a former college coach, Coach Kirk explained that he believes Johnson also has the talent to possibly see the field as a wide receiver at the collegiate level.

Although he has received an offer from Marshall and is getting mail and requests to visit from the likes of Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, Houston, and Ole Miss along with others, Johnson is solid to the Red Raiders and has "turned down at least three visits."


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