Four-star outside linebacker Devodrick Johnson committed to Texas A&M on Sunday in an exclusive video with Campus Insiders.
Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies have picked up their 23rd commitment for the 2017 recruiting class.
On Sunday, 4-star recruit Devodrick Johnson, from Dallas, Texas, committed to Texas A&M in an exclusive video with Campus Insiders. He chose Sumlin’s team over finalists Cal, Illinois, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. Houston also made a big push before ultimately losing out.
Ranked as the No. 9 outside linebacker and No. 157 overall player in the nation, Johnson has been recruited to play either safety or linebacker for the Aggies.
“I’m really all for whatever they need, but [defensive coordinator] Coach [John] Chavis really wants me to be one of his linebackers,” Johnson said.
As far as actually choosing to commit to the Aggies, it wasn’t first time he had done so. Johnson originally committed to Texas A&M on July 14 but decommitted less than a month later. At the time he felt as though he had rushed his decision, and was overwhelmed after announcing his pledge.
There was a time when rejoining the Aggies’ class wasn’t as simple as it sounded. Illinois, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State all made big impressions with Johnson. Yet as his recruitment continued, things cleared up, and the 4-star prospect felt as though College Station was the best place for him to grow both on and off the field.
“I just felt like that’s the school for me. At the end of the day, this was my decision, and I felt like that’s the place where I can be developed as an athlete and as a young man,” he said.
“The fans, the stadium, the family-feel atmosphere …. It’s just the whole nine yards with the coaches. It was everything, you know. It’s right for me.”
Texas A&M has exceeded expectations this season and was even ranked No. 4 when the first College Football Playoff rankings were announced. Between the team’s stellar play and the program’s rich history, Johnson ultimately fell in love with what both Sumlin and A&M had to offer.
“The 12th man [is always] rocking,” he said. “It’s really a great tradition to have. One of my old teachers always talked about the 12th man, and I never really understood until I got there to see it for myself.”
When he does get to campus and is able to proudly wear maroon and white, Johnson will do everything it takes to uphold the standard at Texas A&M.
“A hard worker that is always going to put forth the effort and do what it takes to get the job done,” he said as to what Texas A&M fans can expect. “I’m staying home. I’m gonna’ be an Aggie.”
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