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Quick Reaction: Texas Tech signs 3-star DB Jamile Johnson

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Tech gets another addition to the 2015 class, as 3-star DB Jamile Johnson choose Texas Tech over the hated Longhorns to give Tech another quality defensive player.

Jamile Johnson
Jamile Johnson
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Jamile Johnson just decided a short while ago pick the Red Raiders over the Longhorns and sign with Texas Tech on National Signing Day. Jamile will follow his head coach (Emmett Jones) to Lubbock and play for Texas Tech. He becomes the 3rd Defensive Back of the Class and 7th Defensive commit. Here is my review of Jamile Johnson from back in February (actually, last year to the exact date)

Jamile Johnson Jr - Safety (South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas, TX)

Height Weight 40 time
6'1" 195 lbs 4.48

Ratings: 89 by 247 / 81 by ESPN / 5.7 by Rivals / 3-star by Scout

Interest: Oklahoma (Warm), Maryland (Warm), Texas Tech (Cool), Arkansas (Cool)

Jamile has gotten a lot of attention lately, with schools constantly stopping by and visiting him at South Oak Cliff, including Kingsbury (January 22nd). Lately he has been offered by Maryland, and talked with 247 about his recruitment. Although that info is behind a paywall, Texas, USC and Florida State, along with Maryland, have been listed atop on the site. The only visit he's had so far is an unofficial with Oklahoma, and it looks like he went to their junior day too. Now, Jamile does have interest in Tech, having a photo wearing Tech gear on his twitter and talking with the Texas Tech 247 crew about them, so it's not like we're out of the picture. Hopefully, Jamile will be able to come to our upcoming junior day. On to his film. Jamile seems to play a lot of zone type coverages in high school, and what makes him good with them is he can read the QBs eyes and figure out where the ball is going. He also knows where to be at the right time, making plays on the ball and tackling defenders in the open field. The last thing I like about him is his hip movement, so he can explode towards the ball when it's headed his way. Dallas has some good high school competition, so the fact he's doing good at a high level is impressive. We'll see how big Tech has an impact on him in the future.

Jamile Johnson had quite the recruiting path to get to Tech. It first started off when he committed to Oklahoma almost to the date last year (Valentines Day). He stayed committed to OU until the beginning of August, when he decided to decommit from the program. After that, he planned visits to many schools, but choose to commit to UNC after talking with the Tarheels. It appeared he would stay at North Carolina until Texas eventually offered. He decided then decommits for a 2nd time and commit to the Longhorns. There wasn't any noise surrounding Johnson until this past week, when it was reveled that his High School coach (Emmett Jones) would coach for Tech. He took an official visit this weekend, and decommitted from Texas once the visit was over. Now, on National Signing Day, he picked the Red Raiders and choose to attend our great university.

Now let's take a look at what Jamile Johnson can bring to the Red Raiders. What I like the most about Johnson is his knack for the football, physicality with receivers and his form tackling. Johnson is good at reading the quarterback and making a play on the football. He has a few INTs in the video that shows that Johnson can is good at reading the offense and making plays. With Gibbs wanting more turnovers, having someone like Johnson could significantly help the Red Raiders. He also is real physical with the Wide Receivers and throws them off their route. With a size of 6'1", he could match-up against taller receivers and make them uncomfortable. Tech needs that in a cornerback. Finally, he uses great form when tackling the opposition. No arm tackles for this guy. He'll be a great addition to the defense and could start from Day 1.

Congrats Jamile Johnson and Wreck'Em!