SAN ANTONIO — Nederland linebacker Dravannti Johnson was in San Antonio over the weekend to compete against the best of the best at the U.S. Army National Combine. He talked about what he wanted to achieve over the weekend and updated where he stands in recruiting circles.
“Oh yeah, it will be fun to see where I am at right now as far as my skills. I want to see if I can test myself against some of the best that I am going to play against in college,” Dravannti Johnson replied when asked about the upcoming combine.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Johnson has been hearing just about every school in the Southwest. He has already received three scholarship offers and expects more to be on the way.
“I have offers from Texas Tech, UTEP and Baylor,” Johnson said. “I am getting a lot of interest from A&M, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. Everybody is sending me mail, and I am expecting a few more offers to come in.”
A big part of the recruiting process is being comfortable with the coaching staff. Johnson has developed great relationships with a number of coaches inside the Lone Star State.
“Oh yeah, I talk to Coach McNeill from Tech all the time. I have talked to Coach Pope from A&M, Coach Giles from Texas, Coach Wnek from Baylor and Coach Duffie from UTEP,” Johnson said.
Johnson has not even begun to whittle down his list of schools, but he did name a Big 12 program as his top school at this point in time.
If I had a top, I would have to say A&M right now, but I am still wide open,” Johnson said.
Johnson mainly plays with his hand down on the defensive line at Nederland High School. However, he is being recruited to play linebacker on the next level.
“I have been talked to as an outside linebacker by everybody. They have mentioned maybe putting me on the line for pass rushing a little bit, but I will be at linebacker wherever I go,” Johnson said.
He talked about his strengths at both positions.
“When I am at D-end, I get off the ball fast with my pass rushing move. I work the edge well. I use my strength to get off the blocker and get their hands off of me. I get around them quick,” Johnson said. “At linebacker, I just play the whole field well. I just make plays wherever it’s at. I just run sideline-to-sideline good.”