clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Safety Jamile Johnson switches pledge from North Carolina to Texas

The bye week has already paid off on the recruiting trail.

Jamile Johnson at the 2014 Dallas NFTC
Jamile Johnson at the 2014 Dallas NFTC
Student Sports

It didn't take South Oak Cliff safety Jamile Johnson long to decide that he wanted to ride with head coach Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns, as the now-former North Carolina Tar Heels commit switched his pledge on Tuesday evening.

The decision came only hours after he picked up his offer from the Horns. Johnson now joins SOC teammate Jordan Stevenson as a Texas commit. Another teammate, TCU wide receiver pledge JF Thomas, as picked up a Tuesday offer.

Committed to Oklahoma from early February until early August, Johnson was only pledged to the Tar Heels for less than a month.

And it didn't take the industry long to catch wind of Johnson's intentions, as seven predictions came into the 247Sports Crystal Ball in the hours between the hard-hitting safety picking up his offer and pledging.

Ranked as the No. 23 safety nationally and the No. 52 player in the state of Texas by 247Sports, Johnson is a 6'0, 188-pounder with the build of a true safety. His strength development is further along than most players of his age, so his size and frame are both impressive.

Like current Texas freshman Jason Hall, Johnson isn't known for his pure speed and opted not to go through testing at the Dallas NFTC this year. However, 247Sports believes that his closing speed is his best attribute, along with his tackling ability and ball skills.

To be sure, Johnson can hit with a great deal of force, aided by his mass and an ability to sink and explode through his hips. Since he also spends some time at cornerback for South Oak Cliff, he has some of the versatility that Hall showed in high school as well.

Playing mostly in off coverage, Johnson consistently makes opponents pay for attempting to completely short passes in front of him. The guess here is that opposing receivers quickly lose the desire to even have those balls thrown in their direction. Even if he may not test well out of pads, Johnson can plant and drive with pads on and finishes when he gets there.

Like current safety commit DeShon Elliott, however, Johnson could potentially grow into a linebacker or hybrid defender, though a good playing weight in college for him is probably the 210-pound range. He's also listed at 6'1 and 194 pounds on his 247Sports page, but he measured 6'0 and 188 pounds at the Dallas NFTC, so he's a bit on the short side for a linebacker.

Overall, Johnson profiles as a Charlie Strong type of defensive back -- blessed with good size, Johnson has versatile coverage skills, physical upside, and exceptional striking ability.

Johnson joins Elliott, who plays for Rockwall-Heath, and Converse Judson safety Keivon Ramsey as the defensive back commits in the 2015 recruiting class for Texas, which now stand with 16 pledges, good enough to rank No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 17 nationally in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.