Q&A: LSU, OU eyeing 2014 DT Johnson

With spring evaluation here, the offer totals for some prospects are going to rise. One recruit to keep tabs on is defensive tackle Cedric Johnson (Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett).

Johnson, who is 6-foot-2 and 267 pounds, has offers from Baylor, Tulsa and Washington State. But other schools are looking in his direction, with Oklahoma and LSU showing strong interest.

He has been busy this spring with visits to OU, LSU and Baylor but now he’s ready to focus on his spring season and seeing what else is going to happen on the recruiting front.

SoonerNation: OU has definitely taken an interest in you. When did that all start?

Cedric Johnson: OU first started talking to me during my sophomore year. It’s definitely a school I really like.

SN: What was it like at OU’s spring practice a couple of weeks ago?

Johnson: I liked it a lot. I liked the overall trip, had a great time seeing the campus and getting to know the players better.

SN: Was that the first time you’ve met OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery?

Johnson: Yes, it was. He’s a pretty chill coach. You can tell he knows what he’s doing, and he inspires his players to do well.

SN: Was there any talk of an offer or about where you stand with an offer?

Johnson: Not really. He said because he has only been there for like a month that he needs to see me in the spring and evaluate more.

SN: What schools are talking to you the most?

Johnson: OU, LSU and Baylor. I went to LSU’s spring game last weekend.

SN: What did the Tigers coaching staff have to say?

Johnson: The same things the OU coaches said. They said they need to see me in the spring so they can finish evaluating me, and we’ll see how things go from there.

SN: For people who haven’t seen you play, what would you say is your biggest strength as a player?

Johnson: My explosiveness. I’m quick to get off the ball. I’ve really been working on my pass rush since the end of last season so I’m hoping to be able to do that better as a senior.

SN: When you’re looking at schools, what are some of the factors that will go into your decision?

Johnson: It starts with academics. I want to get my degree and major in engineering so I have to go to a school with a good engineering program.