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Player: Urell Johnson

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Position: CB

Height: 6'1''

Weight: 185 lbs.

40 time: 4.5

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Scholarships: Baylor, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Maryland, Nebraska, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Utah, Virginia

Favorites: Colorado, Illinois, Texas Tech

 

COMMITTED TO TEXAS TECH

 

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Scout: :star:star:star

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CB Urell Johnson discovers cousin connection with assistant Wilson

 

By Josh Ward (Contact)

Originally published 06:02 p.m., June 20, 2009

Updated 06:09 p.m., June 20, 2009

 

 

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Urell Johnson didn't know he would run into a family member in Knoxville this weekend.

 

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback from O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans took part in UT's summer camp, which started Thursday and concluded Saturday.

 

Johnson, who has a scholarship offer from the Vols, has already developed a relationship with UT receivers coach Frank Wilson, who used to be the coach at O. Perry Walker.

 

Johnson said he discovered this weekend that he and Wilson are actually cousins.

 

"We were talking and family names came up and we found that out (Friday)," Johnson said. "I was shocked but I've been knowing him for a long time."

 

Johnson didn't know much about UT until he made his first trip this weekend.

 

He said he was impressed with the atmosphere surrounding the program.

 

"They're nice coaches and it's a nice campus," he said. "I'd love to play for them one day."

 

One of Johnson's teammates already plans to play for UT.

 

Defensive end Anthony Johnson (no relation) has already committed to the Vols for the 2011 signing class.

 

Urell Johnson said he’s heard plenty about UT from Anthony.

 

“It’s his dream team right here,” Urell Johnson said. “He really wants me to come up here with him. We’ll just keep working hard and see how things work out.”

 

Johnson said he wants to take his time before he commits. He said he'll likely make a decision soon after his senior season.

 

Johnson also has scholarship offers from LSU, Virginia, Texas Tech, Nebraska and Kansas State.

 

"I'm pretty open-minded right now," he said. (Link)

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New Orleans (La.) O. Perry Walker High School cornerback Urell Johnson (6-foot-1, 185 pounds, 4.5 seconds) was one of several Louisiana prospects to visit Charlottesville last week to take a closer look at Virginia. While the other recruits from the Pelican State participated at Virginia's one-day camp, Johnson came to UVa with four-star quarterback Munchie Legaux to meet with the Virginia staff and see what UVa has to offer.

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Urell Johnson has reached double-digit offers

 

By Sonny Shipp

Louisiana Recruiting Analyst

Posted Jul 1, 2009

 

 

O. Perry Walker in New Orleans, La. produces major college football talent as much as any other school in South Louisiana. The Chargers have a few prospects that are piling on the offers for 2010 and one is cornerback Urell Johnson.

 

Urell Johnson made his mark on the field last season for O. Perry Walker and established himself as a lockdown defender when he picked off three passes and recorded 40 tackles.

 

 

 

Johnson (5-11, 175, 4.5) gives himself that label and it seems that there are a number of college coaches who agree with him.

 

 

 

“I can match up with the team’s best receiver and my coaches feel good about putting me on an island or putting me at safety,” Johnson said. “That’s what coaches have said they like about me the most.”

 

 

 

The scholarship offers that Johnson has from the likes of Tennessee, Virginia, Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Louisiana Tech, Virginia, Kansas State and Utah indicates that there are plenty of suitors that would like to land the three-star cornerback prospect.

 

 

 

One other school of interest on Johnson’s radar is LSU and he feels that he impressed the coaches when he made his way to Baton Rouge in June for LSU’s camp.

 

 

 

“I worked out for Coach [Ron] Cooper [defensive backs coach] and he said he liked what he saw and that I did good,” Johnson said. “He said they wanted to offer me. But I never got the chance to talk much with Coach [Les] Miles while I was there.”

 

 

 

Johnson hopes to get more information on the status of his offer during the coming weeks and months when he makes a return trip to Baton Rouge – either unofficially or officially.

 

 

 

That will be one of many trips that the country’s 79th ranked cornerback prospect will have taken over the course of the recruiting process.

 

 

 

“I went to LSU’s camp then I just got back from Virginia,” Johnson said. “I enjoyed being up in Virginia and being with the players and coaches. [Grad Assistant] Coach [Devon] Fitzsimmons is from the New Orleans area so me and him bonded real fast. Then I met with [head] Coach [Al] Groh before I left and he just let me know that they were holding a spot for me. That was good to hear because I don’t want to rush into this decision.”

 

 

 

Johnson has taken his time with sifting through the schools that have expressed an interest in him and at this point in time he doesn’t seem close to making a decision.

 

 

 

“You go to places like LSU and Virginia and see everything then you wonder what other schools have,” explained Johnson. “I still feel like I’m wide open with all of this.

 

 

 

“LSU is the hometown team and they got it going on over there, but I want to see what other schools have to offer when I take my official visits. I want to see who all offers and who really wants me then I’ll begin to focus on certain schools.”

 

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Urell Johnson has reached double-digit offers

 

By Sonny Shipp

Louisiana Recruiting Analyst

Posted Jul 1, 2009

 

 

O. Perry Walker in New Orleans, La. produces major college football talent as much as any other school in South Louisiana. The Chargers have a few prospects that are piling on the offers for 2010 and one is cornerback Urell Johnson.

 

Urell Johnson made his mark on the field last season for O. Perry Walker and established himself as a lockdown defender when he picked off three passes and recorded 40 tackles.

 

 

 

Johnson (5-11, 175, 4.5) gives himself that label and it seems that there are a number of college coaches who agree with him.

 

 

 

“I can match up with the team’s best receiver and my coaches feel good about putting me on an island or putting me at safety,” Johnson said. “That’s what coaches have said they like about me the most.”

 

 

 

The scholarship offers that Johnson has from the likes of Tennessee, Virginia, Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, Louisiana Tech, Virginia, Kansas State and Utah indicates that there are plenty of suitors that would like to land the three-star cornerback prospect.

 

 

 

One other school of interest on Johnson’s radar is LSU and he feels that he impressed the coaches when he made his way to Baton Rouge in June for LSU’s camp.

 

 

 

“I worked out for Coach [Ron] Cooper [defensive backs coach] and he said he liked what he saw and that I did good,” Johnson said. “He said they wanted to offer me. But I never got the chance to talk much with Coach [Les] Miles while I was there.”

 

 

 

Johnson hopes to get more information on the status of his offer during the coming weeks and months when he makes a return trip to Baton Rouge – either unofficially or officially.

 

 

 

That will be one of many trips that the country’s 79th ranked cornerback prospect will have taken over the course of the recruiting process.

 

 

 

“I went to LSU’s camp then I just got back from Virginia,” Johnson said. “I enjoyed being up in Virginia and being with the players and coaches. [Grad Assistant] Coach [Devon] Fitzsimmons is from the New Orleans area so me and him bonded real fast. Then I met with [head] Coach [Al] Groh before I left and he just let me know that they were holding a spot for me. That was good to hear because I don’t want to rush into this decision.”

 

 

 

Johnson has taken his time with sifting through the schools that have expressed an interest in him and at this point in time he doesn’t seem close to making a decision.

 

 

 

“You go to places like LSU and Virginia and see everything then you wonder what other schools have,” explained Johnson. “I still feel like I’m wide open with all of this.

 

 

 

“LSU is the hometown team and they got it going on over there, but I want to see what other schools have to offer when I take my official visits. I want to see who all offers and who really wants me then I’ll begin to focus on certain schools.”

 

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His heart seems to be set on LSU, like every other kid from Louisiana.

 

I'm still hoping that Curtis Carter is an exception

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Decommitted from Southern Miss.

 

Another kid caught up in the moment.

 

Top three of Texas Tech, K-state, and Southern Miss.

 

Glad to hear he decommitted from So Miss.

 

Sad to hear we aren't in his top three.

 

I really like this kid, and this is the type of CB's I'd like to see in the defensive backfield for the Huskers. 6 ft+, 4.5 speed, and above all....DREADLOCKS!!!

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If he isnt gonna sign with us, I hope he does go to So Miss. Hate to see that kind of talent wasted at K State.

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Considering his offer-list that is a pretty strange top3.

I would have to agree with that. Seems like the kind of player that NU could get hot and heavy on and maybe lure him away after getting an official during game day. You have to wonder if the coaches are not putting a full court on him yet while waiting on other candidates.

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O. Perry Walker cornerback Urell Johnson tears ACL

 

Pierce W. Huff, Times-Picayune, July 30, 2009 12:53 p.m.

 

O. Perry Walker football coach Emanuel Powell said senior Urell Johnson, the 32nd rated cornerback in the nation according to rivals.com, will be out for at least three to four months with a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament.

 

Powell said Johnson suffered the injury while he was running and jumping during a drill in a team workout about two weeks ago. Powell said it wasn't a full tear of the ligament, and he is optimistic that Johnson can play this season.

 

Powell said Johnson had the surgery to repair the ligament and everything went well. He also said Johnson has started his long rehabilitation process.

 

Johnson, who is 6 foot 1, 185 pounds, committed to Southern Mississippi earlier this month, but later decommitted.

 

Powell said that despite the injury, Johnson continues to be recruited by Southern Mississippi, Texas Tech, Virginia, Nebraska and Tennessee.

 

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Rivals: New Orleans (La.) O. Perry Walker High School cornerback Urell Johnson (6-foot-1, 185 pounds, 4.5 seconds) is one of the top defenders in the Pelican State. Johnson surprised many with his decision to commit to Southern Miss in July. The three-star cornerback had a quick change of heart, however, and re-opened his recruitment two weeks later. Virginia was a school of interest before Johnson's decision and they are once again.

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I'm not so concerned with Bo or NU I'm just wondering what these recruits are seeing in TT. I guess it proves mine and a lot of others theories that one year could propel a team into the recruiting spotlight.

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I'm not so concerned with Bo or NU I'm just wondering what these recruits are seeing in TT. I guess it proves mine and a lot of others theories that one year could propel a team into the recruiting spotlight.

Besides Tim Tebow and Florida, Texas Tech probably got more media (ESPN) coverage than any other team. Mike Leach is ESPN's favorite coach, and everyone loves to see 60 points scored every game.

 

Tech appears to be an up and coming team (along with Okie St.), and NU is still an unknown. Hopefully that changes during (of after) this year.

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Geez, this kid committed again already? Take some time, look around at all your options, think it over, then commit.

 

Wouldn't surprise me if this kid decommits and goes somewhere else before all is said and done.

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