June 21, 2011

Johnson's decision was 'easy'

League City (Texas) Clear Springs wide receiver Marcus Johnson committed to Texas Tech last week and the 2012 prospect cited the family-feel as what put the Red Raiders over the top.

"I went to the Cy Ridge camp and the whole time I was there the coaches treated me like family. I just loved the coaches and how cool they were the whole time. I ended up doing alright at the camp and then they offered me this past Wednesday," Johnson said. "I had already thought about what I would do if Tech offered. My high school gets a lot of our offense from what Tech does, so we're a fast pace, no-huddle spread and I knew I'd be comfortable with what they would want me to do. I just felt like their tradition of throwing the ball and always having great wide receivers made me think that it was the place for me. I talked with my parents about it and they told me they had my back, so I committed to them. I love the feel of the staff and the family environment they create, so it ended up being an easy decision."

Johnson indicated that the Red Raiders began to reach out to him just prior to the end of his junior year.

"I had started really talking a lot to Texas Tech just before my school year ended. I talked a lot with their offensive coordinator Neal Brown," he said. "He's a really cool guy and he told me then that he wanted me to come to one of their camps. They were looking at five or six receivers pretty hard and so they basically just gave me an opportunity to come to camp and show what I could do."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has also developed a relationship with another one of Tech's 2012 commits.

"I actually know Dominique Wheeler pretty well. The first time I met him was at a TCU camp this summer and then after that we stayed in contact," Johnson said. "We've gotten to be pretty good friends and we can't wait to make some big plays in the red and black. It will take a lot of hard work, but we're going to have a lot of fun getting there. He's a great player."

Johnson received congratulations from all directions after his commitment, and he sounds as though he's firm in his choice.

"The reaction was great. Everyone was really happy for me and they all showed me a lot of love. All of my friends were congratulating me and my family loved my decision too. It was great all the way around," he said. "I'm happy with my commitment and I know it was the best choice for me. It was really an easy decision when it came down to it. I'm just ready to focus on my senior season and get to playing for the Red Raiders."

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