One of the top players in Oklahoma that nobody is talking about is two-star linebacker Tyler Johnson of Haskell, Okla. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Johnson is a man among boys on the field and he has the type of college attention that could see him moving up the charts with a solid senior season.
“I’ve talked to KU, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma State and a few others,” Johnson, who is ranked as a 5.4 on the Rivals Rating scale, said about his September calls.
“I went up to Oklahoma’s first game in the rain. It was pretty good. I enjoyed that I got to talk to coach Jackie Shipp and to their linebackers coach (Brent Venables) a lot. They said they would be watching me as a senior.
“I also went to TU’s game against Texas State this past weekend and they won 41-15. That was impressive. I’m also going to get to games at State and Kansas some time this year.”
Johnson has an early offer from Oklahoma State but said he’s not really leaning one way or the other when it comes to the recruiting wars. That’s especially true after talking to all the coaches that are interested.
“Coach (Bill) Young from KU was really neat to talk to,” Johnson said. He said he was very interested in me and asked about my first game. He wants me to come up and see their facilities and see what it’s like for a game.
“I think most of the other offers are waiting because I haven’t taken the test yet. After I get my score, the schools all told me that I would be in line for a scholarship.”
That test will be the ACT on October 25 and just like things on the field, Johnson said he’s going to do very well on it.
“I’m going to knock it out the box,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s team is off to a 1-1 start on the season. He had a season-high 12 tackles in his first game.