Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Meet the Future Frogs: (maybe?) Daje Johnson

Just about every year, TCU will lose one of their prized recruits who change their mind about spending their college years in Fort Worth. Some of them do it quietly, others after publicly flirting with other schools for months. Then there are kids who like the attention other schools heap on them after they make a commitment and continue to visit other schools and hear their sales pitches without any real intention of switching. Right now, the folks that follow TCU recruiting are trying to decide into which of these categories Daje Johnson fits.

Johnson, a 5'10" 185lb athlete from Pflugerville's Hendrickson High, isn't one of those kids who is listed as an "athlete" because he doesn't have a true position. Instead, he's listed as such because he runs a 4.34 forty and appears to be moving in fast-forward compared to his teammates and opponents. At the beginning of his recruiting process, he was thought of mostly as a prospect to play cornerback in college. Dave Campbell's Texas Football listed him as a 3rd Team Super Team defensive back prior to his senior season.

But then he exploded this past fall- rushing for 2,178 yards and 26 TDs and catching 28 passes for 496 yards and 6 more scores. Oh, and he returned a punt for a touchdown too. On one hand, that's a lot of potential offensive production to leave on the table. On the other, that's the kind of athletic ability that just screams 1st round money if it's lined up on defense. Either way, the folks at Rivals love him- they gave him four stars and ranked him as the 29th-best overall recruit in Texas.

Back to the point I was trying to get to in the first paragraph, though- if there is one kid I'm afraid may decommit from TCU before Signing Day, it's Johnson. He took an official visit to Cal in December, and has been rumored to be in talks with just about every school in the Big 12. Now comes word, via the twitter feed of Orangebloods.com's Jason Suchomel that Johnson will be taking an official visit to Texas. Texas generally doesn't invite kids for a visit unless they plan on offering, and they don't usually offer a scholarship until they know that it'll be accepted.

If he does end up opting for the stomach-acid orange instead of purple, I've got no hard feelings for him. For a kid who grew up in the Austin area, I could understand if he had dreamed of playing for the Longhorns and I'd wish him the best in his time at UT. Sure, I'd boo him lustily when he was on the field against the Frogs, but I think TCU would be just fine without him.

All that being said, I sure hope he sees the light and decides that playing for TCU is his top priority:

10 comments:

shortnkerley's said...

Well, I can always still dream, right? Enjoy your career as the next DJ Monroe at UT. Don't know who that is, you say? Exactly...

EdK said...

It's mystifying to me that UTexas can have back-to-back stinkaroo seasons, while TCU has four consecutive Top 15 finishes and can offer everything else wonderful that is TCU, yet so many kids want to get lost in the crowd in Austin and play for that old fart Mack Brown.

OK, it's not mystifying, but it is disappointing.

shortnkerley's said...

Yeah, many may hate to admit it, but Austin is a pretty sweet place for an 18 yr old (or a 28 yr old for that matter), and they've got some pretty sweet facilities and deep, deep pockets. I just wanna win a few of these battles, bc I don't expect to win the majority.

EdK said...

Very true snk. But TCU/Ft. Worth has closed the gap in a lot of areas over the past few years.

Still, the biggest reason for any young football stud to pick TCU is Gary Patterson.

I can't imagine too many high school stars saying to their folks, "I want to go play for that brilliant, awesome coach Mack Brown!"

Reed said...

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man i really hate that school

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

TCU recruiting is definitely hitting a new level. Three years ago we'd be happy to have one kid like Daje in our class. This year we have four other 4-star recruits with the potential for more even when Daje switches to UT. And he will switch. Book it. He's gone to nearly every UT home game this year and has openly pined for an offer in articles on Rivals and ESPN. I know kids do this kind of crap all the time, but it still sucks.

Travis said...

It goes both ways. Schools pull offers, coaches leave before kids hit the campus, coaches leave during those 4 or 5 years while kids are tied to the school, not the coach, and oh, by the way, scholarships are actually only one year offers, not four. That will soon change. I think verbals should all be done away with. Feb 1st begins the actual signing date. Admitedly, this still will hurt, much like Gray did. I believe that once TCU actually starts the Big XII season and has a brand spanking newly renovated MFing bad ass stadium, then things will begin turning and we may win many of these recruiting battles. I really don't think 17 yos are good at conceptual drawings on new stadiums, nor do they think long-term. If Daje thinks he's suddenly their number one RB, he better remember Gray is coming, and Brown is already there. Daje, I've some ocean front property in Arizona...

Travis said...

Pretty cool sidebar:

Rivals-Yahoo Sports now shows TCU under the Big XII banner, at least for football. They didn't wait until the official July 1st date, Love it! Oh, and they have us listed as 1st place, please be wrong Mayans, don't let it end until we find out!

EdK said...

I have it on very good authority that Gray NEVER seriously considered TCU. He was going to UT from the get-go.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Eh I find that hard to believe. I mean, no, I don't think, deep down, he had any intention of coming to FW, but I highly doubt it was a no brainer from the get go. Did he need to wait as long as he did to decide? Nah, but I think it was at least 75/25