2012 Cornerback Prospect and 4-Star recruit, Daje Johnson, out of Hendrickson High School in…
Daje Johnson Owes His Talent to His Parents
"Nothing ever came out of that visit," Daje Johnson said. "I'm not really talking with Texas anymore. It's just TCU no other schools have been calling me. I'm excited TCU is moving to the Big 12 and that the school is in Texas. It's right down the street so it is not too far from home." After his official visit to TCU on December 10th Johnson said he got to know a few other TCU recruits including 4-Star quarterback Devin Fuller from Old Tappan, New Jersey. "Our class will be able to help out the team a lot," Johnson said. "My visit went great. Overall the facilities weren't as nice as Cal, but it was still great. I'm not going to leave the state of Texas. Last year TCU had the number one D in the nation. I got to see the coaches working with current TCU players. The players told me how they had put on 60 pounds from freshman to sophomore year since joining the team. It is like a family. The campus is nice also. I like how everything is real close for going to class." Johnson said after the TCU coaches saw his senior year highlights they told him that he will possibly be starting at a few positions next season. "They are thinking about putting me at running back and possibly playing both ways," Johnson said. "The coaches also mentioned that they want me to go in as a return specialist, but I think my main position will be at cornerback. My reaction was that's awesome and pretty amazing so I'm looking forward to it. It's more playing time for me. I just need to stay in shape." Staying in shape shouldn't be too hard for the cornerback who says he's improved his 40 time from a 4.34 to a 4.32 this season. He also has an advantage that most college recruits don't—his mom is a personal trainer and his dad is a former NFL player. "I have to beat my dad because he was a 4.28 when he ran," Johnson said. "He played at Kansas State then went on to the Chiefs and the Bears. My dad has set a blueprint for me to get to the NFL and my mom has taught me work ethic. We don't just sit around in the house. Our motto is ‘you've got to go out and work if you want something.' My mom goes over technique a lot, so I don't get hurt. My mom is a long distance runner so she runs marathons and my dad is just an athlete overall." Johnson believes having both parents working to develop him for the transition to the college level has made him a better athlete. So much that he says he is ready to start playing for TCU right now. "They have done all they can to get me ready for college," Johnson said. "I'm ready to play right now and if I wasn't ready to play I would redshirt myself. But I feel like I can play at this point. I'm just excited to get TCU's workout plan once I sign and start working out. I've been doing cornerback drills and conditioning and speed work with my parents this offseason to get better." Johnson says he plans on signing his official letter of intent with TCU when he plays in the USA Football All-Star game during National Signing Day. The senior's signing day will also be televised.
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