June 2, 2010

Signeee Spotlight - Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson
Wide Receiver

Height 6'3"
Weight 225 pounds

Other Scholarship Offers:
Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, SMU, Tulsa

Under the Helmet:

When did you know that you could play football at a high level?

Going into my junior year. I came out my sophomore year with a starting role on varsity and I wasn't very confident at first. As they ear went on, I started blowing up. Then I went to Texas and OU camps beating all the high level competition. Coaches there would say things like, "Wow, you're pretty good." From then on, I knew I had a chance to be really good at football.

Who is your all-time favorite player?

Calvin Johnson. We have the same game. He's about 6-foot-5, 230, I'm about 6-foot-3, 225, and he's physical and fast. He runs a 4.3 forty, I run a 4.5. I think I compare a lot to him. I watched every one of his games when he was at Georgia Tech.

Do you have any role models?

My father. He pushes me to the max. Even when my body feels like it's going to break down, he's there to push me to the next level.

How often do you work out and what is your routine?

I work out every day. I get out at 3:45 and catch about 300 balls, run about 50-100 routes, and then I hit the weight room and have one high rep arm day, one high rep squat day, and that's five days out of the week. Then I condition everyday by running twenty 110s. Now I'm shifting my workouts to 8 am to get ready for college.

Do you have a pregame ritual or anything you are superstitious about?

I always listen to Dre and I always sleep. If I don't sleep and don't listen to Dre, I'll have a bad game. I sleep for about an hour two or three hours before the game starts. I also have a sleeve I have to wear. My first game with it on, I went for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

A look ahead:

What position will you play at Baylor?

Outside wide receiver.

Do you plan to redshirt?

It depends. My speed and everything is perfect, I just have to get in there and work. I may redshirt or I may be ready when the time comes. Either way it will be a good thing.

What is your biggest strength as a player?

My speed and my strength. Just being able to go up wand get the ball and dominate defenders.

What is the biggest thing you need to work on?

My route running. That's something everyone can improve on. Just being smooth with my route running.

Which number do you want to wear at Baylor?

Either number five or number 23. 23 is because my friend died on the 23rd, and I wear five because I've had it since I was little.

What are your goals for 2010?

I set my goals high. My goals are to be the offensive freshman of the year in the Big 12 conference and to make the freshmen All-American team.

What do you plan on majoring in while at Baylor?

Kinesiology. I want to be a trainer or a coach when I get older.

What do you see yourself doing fifteen years from now?

Playing in the NFL and having a family.

Personal profile:

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Chill, relax, rest my body, and listen to music.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is my Pop's porkchops.

What kind of music do you listen to?

R&B, rap, and old school. Mostly a mix.

Do you have a nickname?

People like to call me Eduardo.

A look back:

What one thing made you decide to go to Baylor?

Art Briles. He is a high level coach. He's not a low key coach that likes to just sit back and let things happen. He's right there with you all the right. He's an explosive coach. I love playing for coaches like that. It gets me fired up to work even harder.

When did you know you wanted to go to Baylor?

I would have to say three months after they offered me. I had originally considered Texas but was just never feeling it. Then I took a trip to Baylor and just loved everything there. The campus, the feeling I got from the coaches, and the fact that we're going to be a young squad. We're going to surprise some people this year.

Did any other schools come in last minute to try and sway you?

Oh yeah, all the time. Boise State came in and tried to sway me, you had TCU in the mix, and then - funny story - the coach called me in one day and showed me a letter from Alabama. They thought I was a 2011 prospect and gave me an offer. There were a lot of schools coming in late.

Which coaches did you become the closest with during the recruiting process?

Coach Dino Babers and Coach Philip Montgomery. Dino is my wide receivers coach, and he's just crazy. He's a really down to earth dude, and he'll tell you when you're wrong and when you're right. He's straight up and that's what I like about him. Coach Montgomery is a chill coaches that just does a good job coaching the game well and is just a good person to be around.

Did the Baylor coaches do anything unique when recruiting you?

Coach Montgomery came to every single home basketball game of mine. We went far, so it got to the point where any home game, you could look up and see him there watching me. I really appreciated that.

What was your favorite moment during the recruiting process?

My favorite moment was signing day. My signing day was on my birthday. Everyone was there and the whole school came out, including all my family and friends.

Did you hit it off with any particular current players or incoming freshman?

Tyler Stephenson - I was just talking to him on the phone, we're really cool - Ahmad Dixon, and Levi Norwood, he's going to be my roommate in college.

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