Galveston (Texas) Ball linebacker Roderick Johnson hosted his first in home visitors of the season Monday night. One was a coach and one was his teammate, offensive lineman Walter Thomas.
“Walter and I are sitting here with Oklahoma State coach (Joe) DeForest right now,” the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Johnson said. “We’re here in my house together so we can both meet with him. And we both just got done committing. It was just like a few minutes ago we told him we were committing. We haven’t had the chance to tell anyone yet. Not even coach (Les) Miles.”
Johnson decided the chances Oklahoma State offered were too good to pass up.
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“I can go in and start as a true freshman,” he said. “The chance is there for me anyway. The atmosphere of the school and the town is very good. The academics there are what I was looking for. I’m going to take my official visit there this weekend.”
But, the visit won’t be Johnson’s last.
“I still plan on taking my other visits,” he said. “I want to make sure it is the right place. I’m pretty sure it is. But, I want to make sure it is by having something to compare it to. I feel it will be the right place in the long run.”
The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Thomas went ahead and ended the recruiting process.
“I just knew it was the right place,” Thomas said.
“I felt that way. I just wanted to make sure tonight that I felt that way when I sat across from the coach. Roderick and I want to play together.
"I am going to visit this weekend still. It will be my only visit. I’m sure it is the place for me and talking to Coach DeForest tonight made me feel that way more. All of the other schools are off the board. I’m sure it is the place for me to play in college.”