May 17, 2010

Tide talking to Texas DB

Plano (TX) safety Lyndell Johnson has seen his offer list continue to grow this spring, with LSU and Kansas adding their names to the list in the last few weeks. Now that the offers are in, Johnson is focused on continuing to impress coaches with his efforts at what will certainly be his most closely-watched spring practice to date.

"So far since we started spring practice, I've had coaches come watch me from Nebraska, Texas Tech, Utah, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU. Alabama said they were coming this week to see me," said Johnson.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back said the interest he's receiving from Alabama is a recent development but has begun to quickly pick up steam.

"I've been hearing a lot from Alabama lately. I didn't hear from them for a while and then in the last few weeks here they have been sending me a lot of stuff in the mail and telling me they want to come out and get a look at me in person. I really like Coach (Bo) Davis and hopefully I will start to build a relationship with him and the other Alabama coaches in the next few months here."

While the national champs have not yet entered the race for Johnson, two other schools have made a strong early impression.

"Out of everyone that has offered me so far, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State are probably the two that stick out but it's really pretty close with everyone. I am taking this process slowly so that I can make sure I make the right decision and don't do anything quickly or without knowing all the facts about every school that has offered me."

With a 4.46 forty time and a 33-inch vertical, Johnson's speed and athleticism has been a major draw for most college coaches looking to add him to their secondary.

"Most coaches I hear from tell me that they really like my size, my speed, my hands and really just my athleticism in general. I think finding a guy who is big enough to tackle and make plays on the ground but fast enough to keep up with receivers is really what coaches are looking for in a safety and I feel like I have the size and speed to do that."

With nearly 20 scholarship offers on the table, Johnson plans on taking the summer to survey the recruiting landscape and learn as much as possible about each of the schools that has sent him an offer.

"So far all I have planned is the Notre Dame camp in June but I will probably be adding things to my schedule soon. I plan on doing a lot of traveling this summer and taking a lot of unofficial visits so I can learn as much as possible about all the schools talking to me."

As a junior, Johnson compiled 72 tackles, 3 interceptions and 4 pass breakups.

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