January 24, 2008

TCU vying for La. speedster

Norco(LA)Destrehen athlete Damaris Johnson is the perfect example of why stellar play as a senior can land you some big-time attention. While most players start making headlines and recruiting waves as juniors, Johnson wasn't quite the household name just yet outside of Louisiana.

His stats as a junior would merit attention from everywhere after he hauled in 59 catches for 1,116 yards and 15 scores. He exceeded those numbers his senior year totaling 81 receptions for 1,228 yards and 12 scores.

Not blessed with great size at 5-foot-8, 170-pounds, Johnson uses his 4.4 speed to counter what he lacks in size. And that speed was on display the class 5A state championship game where he helped Destrehan to a 41-21 victory by accounting for nearly 200 all-purpose yards. After the game Johnson saw his status go from a two-star player to four-star virtually overnight.

On the recruiting front Johnson holds offers from TCU, Memphis, La. Tech, ULL, and ULM and is getting interest from the likes of Minnesota and Auburn. Currently the speedster is keeping everything open.

"I don't have any favorites at all right now," he said.

TCU is the latest team to get in on the Johnson sweepstakes and he admits he has quite a bit to learn about the school.

"They just offered me last week," he said. "The head coach and other coaches came down and visited my school. They're recruiting me as a receiver, punt returner, and kick returner. They said they want me to come up for a visit but I haven't decided where I want to take my last visit."

"I really don't know much about them other than what the coach has told me. I know they're the Horned Frogs, their school colors are purple and white, and the school isn't too far from Dallas."

Johnson is set to visit Memphis this week and possibly decide where he will visit last, if he does schedule a visit.

"I want to take all my visits before I make a decision, just so I can go through all my options. Unless I really like Memphis, then I may commit."

Johnson was named all-state, District MVP, all-metro, and MVP of the class 5A state championship game.

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