AUSTIN, Texas -- Scratch that.
Less than 24 hours after canceling his official visit to Texas this weekend, TCU athlete commitment Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) has rescheduled his visit.
“I can’t make my mind up,” said Johnson, the No. 14 athlete overall and No. 141 player in the ESPNU 150.
Johnson told HornsNation late Monday that he had spoken with Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to inform him that he was canceling his visit.
However, it seems Johnson had a change or heart.
“That gut feeling I had when I made up my mind yesterday was kind of bad inside,” Johnson said, “so I feel like my gut is telling me to go and see from there, give them another chance.”
Johnson said he missed phone calls from Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite while he was in class, but that Applewhite left him voice mail asking him to reconsider his visit. Mack Brown sent Johnson a Facebook message asking him what he had to lose by making the trip.
On Monday Johnson said that he felt like the Longhorns got into the game a little too late for him to make the trip.
“That’s what I felt,” Johnson said on Monday. “I feel like when they first talked to me, everything was good and that’s when I was planning on switching. But then they stopped contacting me and they didn’t keep in contact when they stopped. They stopped for some months so I thought they weren’t really serious about me.”
Johnson initially got in contact with Texas’ coaches to see if there was any mutual interest by texting Mack Brown during the season. There was enough interest from the Longhorns to ask Johnson to take an unofficial visit to meet some of the coaches.
But nothing transpired from that meeting even though Texas went on to sign two more skilled offensive players in the coming months in Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas/Athens) and Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas/Clear Springs). Neither of those players are rated higher that Daje Johnson in the ESPNU 150.
When Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline) de-committed from the Longhorns a few weeks ago, Johnson seemed like the perfect replacement. But Texas didn’t call immediately, so Johnson moved on. It wasn’t until last week that the two sides reconvened and scheduled an official visit for this weekend.
“Coach Harsin was talking about ‘it’s not about showing love,’ but it’s not even like that,” Johnson said. “It was just knowing that you are interested. They stopped talking, didn’t call or write. I felt like they were moving on with me, so I moved on to. When they came back it just made me feel like all of their evaluations that they had before, that they were making other evaluations when they stopped talking to me, they weren’t coming through so they came back to me.”
Less than 24 hours later, though, and Johnson has given Texas new life. He will be one of two scheduled official visitors in Austin this weekend along with Tennessee linebacker commitment Dalton Santos (Van, Texas/Van), who received an offer from the Longhorns on Sunday. Johnson does not have an offer.