After taking a trip to Manhattan, Kan., Dakorey Johnson (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) decided to make a commitment switch from Texas Tech to Kansas State. He also decided to continue a college football legacy.
Johnson has verbally committed to the Wildcats and will follow the footsteps of his older brother, wide receiver and 2001 NFL second-round draft pick Quincy Morgan. Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound outside linebacker is Kansas State’s 17th overall commit of the 2013 recruiting class and the ninth prospect to pledge this month.
Trinity Valley recruiting coordinator Will Reed first confirmed the news on Sunday. Johnson, who originally committed to Texas Tech on July 21, later confirmed the commitment. He took an official visit to Manhattan over the weekend and was won over by the overall atmosphere.
“They’re a family down there,” Johnson said. “They do everything together, and that’s something I want to be a part of. I want to be a part of a winning program, too. I want to get some rings on my fingers.
“When I first got down there, I thought, ‘Kansas? There’s nothing out here.’ But it’s a great football town. It’s kind of like Athens. There’s not a lot to do there, but it keeps you on your objective to where you can be successful.”
Johnson said he was a big fan of what Bill Snyder and his coaching staff did with the program this year. Kansas State won a Big 12 championship and will play in the Fiesta Bowl next month. Johnson was recruited by receivers coach Michael Smith.
Johnson added that playing at his brother’s alma mater will make for a great conversation starter when the two get together. Johnson, however, said Morgan’s legacy is just that, and he hopes to etch his own name in the Kansas State history books.
“He played offense, and I played defense,” Johnson said of his brother. “I’m trying to leave my legacy just like he did.”
A mid-year transfer, Johnson is expected to sign a national letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day for all mid-year transfers to sign. He had 30 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore. Of those 30 tackles, 21 were unassisted.
Johnson had additional offers from Arkansas State and Memphis. He also had interest from Baylor.