April 23, 2013

Could Johnson be Sooners Next DT Offer?




Before the Sooners Red/White Spring Game took place Oklahoma had a number of visitors on campus to check out practices throughout the spring. During that time one of those visitors who was on campus without many knowing about it was Rowlett, Texas defensive tackle, Cedric Johnson.

While in Norman the 6-foot-2 and 270-pound prospect, who was accompanied on the trip by his mom got the chance to not only meet defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery but also got to see the Sooners scrimmage that day as well.

"I ended up meeting him (Montgomery) and sat in the defensive meeting. I looked at the locker room and talked to some of the defensive players. Then they were out on the field and I watched them practice. They actually had a scrimmage that day so it worked out well," Johnson stated. "I liked it a lot and she liked it too from the academic side of it.

The three-star prospect, who holds offers from Baylor and Tulsa along with also getting interest from Arkansas, LSU and Oregon didn't expect Montgomery to be as laid back as he was but says when the former Michigan coach needs to, he will pick up the intensity.

"I thought he would be a little strict but he was actually pretty laid back," he started to explain. "He seems like a good guy to play for because he gives you everything you need. I can see he gets angry if you don't know some of the stuff but that's why I'm a player and not him. He seemed like a good coach."

During the scrimmage Johnson says that running back,Roy Finch showed some speed and was giving the defense problems just like he did during the spring game, which Montgomery was not very happy about.

"It seemed like they needed a little more consistency, maybe it was just that day," he answered about the defensive line. "The defensive coaches were disappointed. Even coach Montgomery was telling me that I caught them on a bad day but it happens that way sometimes and you just got to keep getting better."

Before he headed back home, Montgomery talked with Johnson about what the situation is with him and an Oklahoma offer at this point.

"He was saying that because he has only been there for like a month that he wants to come check me out during spring and we will go from there," Johnson replied.

It's the Sooners success they have had within the Big 12 Conference and their history of sending players to the NFL that stands out to Johnson.

"They won eight of the last twelve or fourteen Big 12 Championships, so they are definitely a winning program," he said. "They send a lot of people out to the next level and as a unit are one of the best out there in college football."

Johnson says that Oklahoma is currently a part of his top three along with Baylor and LSU. Last season he says he finished the year with 60-tackles, 12-tackles for loss and five-sacks.

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