July 28, 2011

Johnson 'loved' first Tech visit

League City (Texas) Clear Springs wide receiver Marcus Johnson recently returned from his first visit to West Texas, and the trip only reinforced his commitment to Texas Tech.

"It was a really great trip. They had a whole day planned for me when I got there on Friday," Johnson said. "I got to see the stadium and all of their football facilities. They took me around the entire campus and it was great. It was a really nice place and I was impressed by it all."

"While I was in the football building I got to see all of the awards that guys have won at Tech in the past. They even let me hold Michael Crabtree's Biletnikoff award and that was pretty special."

Even though Johnson had heard some good things about Lubbock, the reality far exceeded his imagination of what it would be like.

"A lot of people have told me about Lubbock and the people there. I had heard some good things about it, but it really exceeded my expectations. I had heard that Texas Tech is Lubbock, and kind of vice versa. The people are all about Texas Tech and they love football there," he said. "Even though I had high expectations of what it would be like, it was even better than I could have imagined. Everything just blew me away and I'm so happy with my decision to be a Red Raider."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder was also able to spend some time with the coaching staff. He credits the environment they've created with removing any doubt he had left about his decision.

"I got to talk with Coach Tommy Mainord, Coach Neal Brown, and Coach Joe Walker quite a bit. I also was able to spend some time talking with Coach Tommy Tuberville too. I basically was around the whole staff for a while. It had a good feel to it. It just made me feel like a part of a family and I loved it," Johnson said. "I'm happy with my decision. The only question I ever had in my mind was just what it would be like when I visited, but it was great. I couldn't have asked for a better place to be and I really enjoyed it all. It left me with no doubt in my mind that Texas Tech was a great place, and the best place for me."

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