NMMI's Johnson hopes for good news soon

As we inched ever closer to National Letter-of-Intent Day on February 4th, New Mexico Military CB Royell Johnson (5-11, 175) got some bad news -- SMU was not going to have a scholarship available for him. So, ever the optimist, Johnson began to make some calls and he's hoping to hear later this week if he will have a scholarship to play for the University of New Mexico...

"It was pretty frustrating, but I couldn't get all caught up in feeling sorry for myself," Johnson told JCFootball.com. "I had to get my tape out and make sure schools knew I was still available."

New Mexico picked up the phone and called Johnson who promptly sent them his highlight tape and he's hoping some good news will come down this week.

"I'm supposed to talk to them this week," Johnson said. "They said they were interested in me and they needed DBs badly, so I think I have a good shot at getting one, but right now I have to be patient and wait and see what they have to say."

As a sophomore in 2008, Johnson was tasked with locking down the opponents' top receiver and he did that well, notching over 40 tackles while also throwing in three interceptions and over 10 passes defensed.

"I can play either man-to-man or zone," Johnson said. "We didn't play a lot of zone here at NMMI, but I did that a lot in high school so I feel comfortable doing both."

Johnson will finish his AA degree in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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