Nederland linebacker Dravannti Johnson was one of the first prospects to commit to Texas A&M from the 2008 class. Johnson was very impressed with what the Aggies brought to the table in the early going, but he now feels like he could be more productive at another school. Johnson de-committed on Friday and took a surprise visit over the weekend.
“I didn’t de-commit until Friday, but I’ve been talking to other schools for about five weeks now,” Dravannti Johnson said Sunday. “I am up to 11 offers (UTEP, Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Arkansas, Nebraska, Stanford, Washington and Texas Tech). I have started getting texts from Arizona. They have started showing a lot of interest as well,” Johnson said.
Another program that has been in contact with Johnson is the Texas Longhorns.
“Yeah, I have been talking to them for a while,” Johnson said.
In fact, Johnson took an unofficial visit to the 40 Acres over the weekend, and it was everything that he thought it would be.
“Yeah,” Johnson replied when asked if he visited Texas over the weekend. “It went as expected. I expected it to be a top of the line school, and it was everything that I expected.”
The big question is whether Johnson received an offer during his visit to Austin? However, the answer is still unknown at this point in time.
“After talking to coach Giles, I really don’t want to comment on the whole situation with Texas right now,” Johnson said. “I’m waiting a little while to get on that subject.”
Johnson is a lot more familiar with the Texas Longhorn program and the city of Austin than most people might think.
“There is something about me that a lot of people don’t know unless they have a personal relationship with me. I was born in Austin. I grew up there. I used to go back to Austin every summer,” Johnson said. “I went to camps at Texas when I was a Freshman. I have been close to Texas for a long time.”
But what happened with the Aggies?
“Well at first, I went down there and everything looked good. But after I sat on my commitment for a little while and started researching and watching film, I realized that I really didn’t fit in to the 4-2-5 system. I think I could benefit more from playing outside linebacker in a 4-3. That is what I am used to playing. I could play in the 4-2-5, but I prefer a 4-3 ,” Johnson said.
“I want to be in the best position to play for a championship, whether it be a conference championship or a national championship. I think I would have a better chance to do what I want to do and also win a championship at another school,” Johnson added.