Q&A: 2013 in-state CB Devanta Johnson

One night in January, junior defensive back Devanta Johnson (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) let everybody know where he stands regarding Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

When Kevin Peterson (Wagoner, Okla./Wagoner) de-committed from OU and committed to OSU, Johnson let the Twitter world know that it would be OK because the Sooners would get an even better in-state corner in 2013. And Sooners fans took notice of the 6-foot, 175 pound cornerback.

Johnson is still waiting to hear from the Sooners about their junior day in March but has been busy making the rounds. He was at Arkansas’ junior day last weekend, but was not offered.

SoonerNation: How has your life changed since those Peterson comments?

Devanta Johnson: It’s crazy, but I was just saying what I felt. I know Kevin, and I know he’s a great player. I feel I’m a great player, too. I think I gained like 200 new Twitter followers that night. I just wanted to let people know how much I love OU.

SN: You’re not the only Tulsa East Central product hoping for a shot with the Sooners. Stanvon Taylor was invited to OU’s first junior day. What’s it like working with Taylor now, too, on a daily basis?

Johnson: I’m loving it. I think we’re going to bring the best out of each other. I recently transferred and right now I’m in the process of getting to know everybody. We haven’t been able to do much, but I’m pumped. I really just want to play football, though. I can’t wait for spring ball to start.

SN: For people who haven’t seen your film, what would you say is your biggest asset?

Johnson: My speed, definitely. I’ve been working at cornerback for three years now, and I love it. I love jamming receivers at the line. I played safety at [Tulsa] Central. I can do that, but I definitely like corner more.

SN: How did the Arkansas junior day go?

Johnson: It went really well. I liked it a lot. It was a great experience. What impressed me the most was looking at the new facilities they’re going to get. We went to the basketball game, and I loved seeing how those fans reacted, too.

SN: Did you get an offer?

Johnson: Not right there. They asked for my film, and I had it on me so I gave it to them. They’re going to watch it, and if they like what they see, I’m hoping an offer comes. It was my first junior day so the whole day was real exciting. They treated us well.

SN: What’s next on the agenda?

Johnson: I’m going to Texas Tech this weekend, and then I’m hoping to go to OU on March 3. I know with me transferring that a lot of my mail is getting lost, but I really hope to be at the Sooners’ junior day March 3. I want to make that happen.