And then there were two.
Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson has seen plenty of options placed on the table. Missouri was first, Baylor, Oklahoma, Rice, Texas, and Texas A&M have all offered, but as the recruiting process heats up for many prospects across the country it is slowing down for Johnson.
"It's going good," Johnson said. "Everything has kind of cooled down a little bit. I think everybody knows I'm probably going to make a decision between UT and A&M."
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He has already visited both schools and both schools have stated strong cases.
"I loved the school when I first walked in there," Johnson said of Texas. "The facilities are great and the coaches were very ecstatic about me being there and I was ecstatic to be there and excited about everything and watching their players work out and getting to meet everybody. It was real nice. I had a good experience there."
"It was almost the same thing," he said of Texas A&M. "They also have a good foundation going for them right now. That's probably where they're ahead a little bit. Also the SEC, you always want to play the best you can. A&M has some good qualities about them as well."
As for defensive schemes, one of his two options has caught his attention.
"UT I haven't really looked at the schemes," Johnson said. "At A&M though I noticed how they pretty much do all the same things at my high school. I also noticed how Damontre Moore, my game is kind of similar to his in the way he uses his length to get across the face of offensive tackles and uses his agility and speed to get around people. I noticed we kind of looked the same while we play so I feel I can fit into A&M's scheme."
Johnson plans to get a closer look at UT's defensive scheme when he takes in the Longhorns' spring game . He plans to also attend Texas A&M's spring game before he makes a college decision, which he hopes to do in April.
While on the two campuses, the defensive standout will be looking for a few things.
"I'm looking to see what they do as far as practicing," Johnson said. "Really what I should say is how intense they are when they're playing their game and how enthusiastic their players same to be and how enthusiastic the coaches seem to be when they're running everything. I want to see how everybody flows. I'm going to be looking at that definitely. I'm looking forward to that."
Friends and classmates have not been shy about sharing their opinions on his future college destination, with both UT and A&M fans in his ear. At this point he is keeping an open mind, but does admit one school does currently hold a little bit of an edge.
"I'm kind of leaning a little bit towards A&M, but I don't know how that will be affected after I go to UT's spring game," Johnson said.
In addition to visits to Texas and Texas A&M, Johnson may also visit Baylor this weekend, but he feels "pretty confident" his choice will be between the Longhorns and the Aggies as he grows nearer to his decision.