Southwest Recruiting Notebook
Dravannti Johnson Pulled A Switch
Dravannti Johnson Pulled A Switch
Posted Apr 25, 2007

There is no shortage of major news this week from the Southwest Region. One of Texas’ highest ranked stars announced his decision to attend a Midwest power, a standout linebacker switched allegiances, and a top running back added an in-state offer.

A lot has changed in Dravannti Johnson’s life the past couple of days. On Friday, he de-committed from Texas A&M and quickly set up a visit with the Texas Longhorns. He made his way down to Austin on Saturday to check things out and felt in his heart that he was where he wanted to be. On Sunday, Johnson became the 19th verbal in Texas’ 2008 class.

“Yeah, I committed yesterday,” Dravannti Johnson said. “I visited on Saturday and committed yesterday.”

Johnson was tight lipped last night about whether he had received an offer from the Longhorns on his visit, because he didn’t want to announce his plans so quickly after de-committing from the Aggies.

“I had just de-committed from Texas A&M on Friday, and I had planned on letting things settle down a little bit. I wanted a little more time between that, but somehow it leaked out. There was really no reason to hold it back,” Johnson said.

On top of the Longhorn offer that he received on Saturday, Johnson had offers from UTEP, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Arkansas, Nebraska, Stanford and Washington. Johnson loved his visit to Texas A&M during early January enough to give a verbal pledge to the Aggies, but his heart was in a different place.

“I was born in Austin. I grew up there and go back every summer. I have been to camps at Texas. In my heart, I felt like Texas was where I wanted to go all along. I wanted to go a junior day there, but I decided to respect my commitment,” Johnson continued. “When I committed to Texas A&M, Texas wasn’t really in the picture yet.”

“I decided to re-open my recruitment about four weeks ago, and Texas let me know that they wanted me from the beginning. When I re-opened things, I let the coaches at Texas A&M know, so this wasn’t just a spur of the moment thing. I had been looking around for about a month,” Johnson added.

“Texas is a place where I feel comfortable in my heart. Playing for the Longhorns has always been a dream. Deep down, I’m still a Texas boy,” Johnson said.

J.B. Shugarts
OSU fans have been dreaming of visions of the "Block-O". The talented quartet of offensive linemen that included Mike Adams, Kyle Long, Mike Brewster and J.B. Shugarts were given the nickname by fans of the Buckeyes. Adams was the first to commit. Over the weekend, Brewster decided it was his time. Now, Shugarts has pulled the trigger for the Buckeyes as well. The "Block-O" is almost complete....

J.B. Shugarts, a 6-foot-8, 307-pound offensive tackle from Klein High in Texas announced his intentions this afternoon at a press conference at Klein High School.

Shugarts selected the Buckeyes over offers from programs like Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Despite the fact his heart is with Ohio State, he still made some strong connections throughout the process with all of the other programs that took the time to build a relationship with him.

“I feel very blessed and fortunate to have been recruited by some of the top football programs in the country and I want to thank all those that believed in me and offered me a scholarship,” Shugarts explained of his feelings about the other schools.

In the end, it was Ohio State that climbed to the top of Shugarts recruiting list, and after a tremendous unofficial visit for the Buckeye’s spring game, he decided that his future was in Columbus.

“One school stood out above the rest and is the right fit for me,” Shugarts said of his decision. “I am honored and proud to pledge my commitment to Coach Tressel and The Ohio State University.”

“I am 110% Buckeye and can’t wait to get started but my teammates and I have unfinished business to take care of first, a state championship to win for Klein Football. After that I plan on graduating early and enrolling in January.”

The Buckeyes have now secured commitments from three of the country’s top offensive lineman, Mike Adams, Michael Brewster and Shugarts.

In addition to three aforementioned linemen Ohio State has also secured commits from three other Top 100 prospects in WR DeVier Posey, WR Jacob Stoneburner and RB Devoe Torrence and the Midwest’s top kicker Ben Buchanan. With a strong core of early commitments, it is apparent that the Buckeyes will have one of the highest rated classes, but Shugarts believes the fun is just beginning.

“Brewster, Adams, Stoney and I will help finish recruit the class,” Shugarts explained of his desire to help make the class as good as it can be.

Jamal Womble
Sierra Vista standout Jamal Womble sent the Sun Devils his game film earlier this week. After watching that footage, it didn’t take long for the coaching staff to extend the running back a scholarship offer, which was given today. Womble talked to Devils Digest just hours after ASU became his latest official suitor.

“I was kinda surprised,” said the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Womble. “Coach Cozzetto is the coach that’s recruiting me over there and he told me that he liked what he saw from me on film. Everything just happened real fast with them recruiting me.” Prior to the Arizona State offer, the Buena High School star got offers from Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Oregon State and Boston College. “I grew up in North Carolina, so that’s how the east coast schools know about me.”

Womble moved to the Grand Canyon state a year and a half ago, because of his father’s military obligations. “It’s OK living here, but there’s nothing like home,” he stated. “The location of the school doesn’t matter to me. I can go up north to Oregon or all the way south to Florida. I’m looking at schools all over.”

As a junior, Womble tallied more than 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Colts. “My strength is my power, but I do need to improve on my acceleration and my initial burst,” he said. “I’ve been working on that with a coach up in Tucson and it’s going good.”

Womble has been pleased with how his recruiting has picked up, but would still like to see what’s out there. “I’m not gonna commit before the season starts,” he claimed. “I’m looking to decide only after I take a few visits. I could see myself committing at mid-season.”

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