Freddie Johnson commits to SMU

SMU picked up its first 2013 commitment, as under-the-radar offensive lineman Freddie Johnson (Temple, Texas) verbally committed to the Mustangs.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 302-pound tackle, chose SMU over an offer from Eastern Illinois and interest from Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas State.

“He officially committed right before spring break,” said first-year Temple coach Mike Spradlin, who was an offensive line coach under Art Briles at the University of Houston from 2003-06. “I’m an old O-line coach, and I can say that Freddie’s a tremendously athletic kid. [SMU] offered him, and it took him all of about five seconds to get back to them. SMU was where he wanted to go.”

Johnson was a second-team, all-district selection as a junior and helped Temple advance to the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs. Spradlin said Johnson attended an SMU camp last summer and “fell in love with the place” at that time.

Spradlin said Johnson will bring great feet and tons of athleticism to the Mustangs, along with a desire to be the best. SMU is preparing for play in the Big East, and it will be viewed as a team to watch in the conference in 2013.

“He’s a really good technician, and he’s real coachable,” Spradlin said of Johnson. “He plays with a nasty attitude, too. He’s going to be a kid where when everybody gets around him in spring training, they are going to notice him.”