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February 14, 2014
Sooners Latest Commit Helping Balance Future Sooners
Oklahoma's four early commitments for the class of 2015 had all come along the lines but that run changed on Friday morning when Dallas South Oak Cliff three-star cornerback Jamile Johnson made his pledge to the Sooners. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect was among Oklahoma's earliest offers at the position and followed that up becoming the first commitment in the secondary.
So what was it that sold him on pledging to Oklahoma?
"They just kind of felt like family to me, it seemed like we were as one. They talk to me a lot, Bob Stoops has talked to me and he has been by to visit and everything just felt like a family. Anytime I'd message them [on Twitter] they'd message me back," Johnson explained.
Johnson is Oklahoma's first commitment from South Oak Cliff since former Army All-American, and Rivals100, safety Kevin Brent. Though it's been a while since the Sooners were heavily involved at 'SOC' their renewed presence is thanks largely due to one man.
"Coach (Jay) Boulware, he is kind of like a second dad to me, he can make you feel like you are part of a family. When I talked to him the first time it felt like I already knew from him before," he explained.
"When I decided I was ready to commit, I called coach Boulware first and let him know. Honestly I think when I called he was asleep or something, his voice was low and then I told him I had some good news and he got excited."
As mentioned Johnson has also developed a relationship with Oklahoma's 16-year head coach and that lead to him committing to Stoops, following his conversation with Boulware.
"I tried to talk to Stoops right after I talked to coach but I didn't get him then. I just talked to Stoops a couple of minutes ago though," he said. "He was just asking if I was ready to be there and that he thought I could come in and be one of those All-Americans."
Though the decision seemingly came from out of the blue Johnson says that it's a conversation he had with his mother and has been thinking on for quite some time.
"It was something I'd been really thinking about for a while," he said. "I talked it over with my mother, she said she liked Oklahoma and she said if I'm happy, she's happy and I'm very happy."
The nation's No. 31 cornerback says he will be attending Oklahoma's March 1 junior day and during the trip he'll be working to find out a bit more about his future fit in Norman. However, whether it's cornerback or safety in his future he isn't worried about anything other than earning playing time.
"At our school, other schools kind of scheme against me, I can play rover, strong safety, free safety, corner, outside linebacker. I'll play where the game flows," he said. "Just go out at cornerback if there's a top receiver, if there are a bunch of receivers I'll play safety. If I'm needed to help the run game, I can play closer to the line. I'm just a versatile player.
"I would like corner but as long as I get on the field, I'm fine with it."
In spite of his obvious excitement over his commitment Johnson says that he hasn't fully shut down his recruitment.
"I want to see what other people have to say, I love Oklahoma and they are really in my heart but I'm not going to limit the schools from talking to me if they want."