At a slender but strong 6-foot-3, with great length, Plano (Texas) Plano East safety Lyndell Johnson almost has the look of a big guard on the basketball court. In reality, he's a big safety that is a big playmaker on the football field. Of late, that ability has been seconded by a host of colleges that have offered scholarships.
The first two offers to come in for Johnson were Arizona and Arkansas. Since then, Johnson has welcomed several more schools into the fold.
"I got offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas Tech, SMU, Arizona and I think that's it right now," Johnson said. "I know Notre Dame is talking about it. I'm waiting for Oklahoma to come down next week and see what they're going to do."
Junior days have kept Johnson busy of late, along with his triple jump activities in track. Recently he attended junior days at Baylor, Oklahoma State and SMU. He was forced to miss the Nebraska junior day due to a church obligation and he also has plans to visit Texas Tech for its junior day in late March. Of all the trips, one stuck out.
"To me, I liked them all," he said. "Everything was all impressive but the one so far that impressed me the most was OSU. It was just the facilities, the people, some of the players were down there. Just the facilities and the people you're around make you feel at home. I'm not saying that those other places weren't the same but it was just something about OSU and the people you were around that make you feel good."
Though he has received plenty to think about of late, Johnson is neither in hurry to narrow things down or name any early favorites. In fact, his main concern is his own development.
"The main thing really is that it doesn't bother me," he said of the interest. "The main thing is to stay humble, stay focused and don't get too overwhelmed by it. I've just been working out really, trying to keep myself in shape and working on my weaknesses, working on my all around game and just getting stronger and faster."
Johnson's work ethic is one of the main reasons why he's been so successful on the high school but he is already looking towards preparation for his college career.
"I talked to the OSU coach about two weeks ago and they don't redshirt you, you chosse to redshirt yourself," he said. "I love football so much that I don't want to sit out a year, so I'm lifting consistently, trying to get my body in shape. I'm just trying to do what I gotta do. If I have to, I'll redshirt but I feel like I'm a good enough player to go in pads as a true freshman. I love competing."