Johnson camps at OU, Texas

Lyndell Johnson is one of many 2011 prospects in the state of Texas already receiving interest from top programs in the region. At 6-4, 185 pounds with 4.6 speed and the ability to play safety or wide receiver, it's easy to see why. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the rangy safety.

Plano East is home to a pair of 2011 prospects that are receiving heavy interest from the top programs in the region. Defensive tackle turned offensive lineman Jacob Brendel (6-4, 255) turned heads at Texas camp in June, while safety Lyndell Johnson showcased his vast potential at Oklahoma, Texas and Houston summer camps.

Johnson, 6-4, and 185 pounds, recorded 35 tackles and one interception as a sophomore. While he was on the radar beginning the 2008 season, it wasn't until 8-5A play he became a starter. The junior was not happy with his sophomore campaign, but has high hopes for 2009.

"I didn't begin the season starting," Said the former quarterback. "I began starting in district. I don't think I did too well really. I'm not sure if it was experience or technique, but I didn't have the season I wanted to have. My big problem was staying low in my back pedal as far as technique. I've been working on coming out of my back pedal quicker. I'm happy with the work I've put in there."

Johnson's summer has been a busy as is the case with the majority of the top prospects in the 2011 class. The rangy, long armed prospect has attended three camps as well as working out five days a week.

"I've been working out really. I've been running and lifting. I lift every night and then in the mornings. I run in the evening. I also went to camps at OU, Texas and UH (in Arlington)," Johnson said.

Johnson, who lists OU as his favorite over Texas, says both camps were learning experiences, but he really liked the intensity at the Oklahoma camp.

"OU camp was cool. Some camps are more fun, but the OU camp was intense and the guys were all into it. I met the defensive backs coach and the defensive coordinator. The Texas camp was alright. I like Texas and all, but it was more intense at OU and I liked that. I talked to the receiver coach and defensive back coach. They asked what position I liked best and I told them defensive back, but I wasn't against receiver," Johnson said.

While it's very early in the process for the rising junior, he does have a list of schools he is interested in headed to 2009.

"My top schools are OU and UT. I like them both. I also like TCU, Oklahoma State, Miami, Florida and Illinois," Johnson said.

Plano East struggled through a 1-9 season in 2008, but return 11 starters and some talented newcomers. Joining Johnson and Brendel in the 2011 class of D-I prospects is receiver Ryan Garrey. Corey Bassett is a talented, speedy corner in the 2012 class that will likely make an impact as a sophomore.

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