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High school football: Tulsa East Central's Devanta Johnson stuck on the sidelines for now

After transferring from Tulsa Central in January, Devanta Johnson can't participate in team activities until an OSSAA issue is resolved. In the meantime, he's making the rounds at camps and trying to learn as much as he can.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 4, 2012

The future is uncertain for Tulsa-area cornerback Devanta Johnson.

After a junior season where he had 43 tackles and four interceptions in helping Tulsa Central to an 8-3 season, Johnson transferred to Tulsa East Central in January.

“It wasn't me trying to play for a better team,” Johnson said. “There was just a lot of stuff that happened that led to it.”

For now, Johnson's eligibility is in question. He can't participate in team activities until the issue with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is resolved.

Johnson isn't sure what his chances of playing this season for East Central are.

“I'm just going to submit my information and hope for the best,” Johnson said.

It's been a trying time for Johnson, who ranks No. 18 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruiting list.

“It's stressful,” he said. “It hurts watching my team and to be on the sidelines watching while they're working. If I could be a snapper or something right now, I'd do it. We all just want to reach the same goal, to be champions.”

Johnson is also waiting for his first offer, making the rounds at camps as he tries to draw more attention.

He's scheduled for camps at Tulsa and Arkansas over the next month.

“They want to see how I stack up against the top competition,” Johnson said. “But I also want to learn something at every camp I go to. I try to talk to those guys and take things away from what they do.”

He's also learned plenty from his new teammate and fellow defensive back, OU commit Stanvon Taylor.

“He's taught me a lot about how to guard a very fast receiver, how you have to think ahead of him, give him space sometimes and how you react to that,” Johnson said.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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Coming up: The Oklahoman's Super 30

The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 18, Devanta Johnson of Tulsa East Central. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:

No. 21: Trey'Vonne Barr'e, Jenks

No. 20: Blake Mejia, Tulsa Union

No. 19: Frankie Davis, Broken Arrow

No. 18: Devanta Johnson

School: Tulsa East Central

Height: 6-0

Weight: 175

Position: Cornerback

Recruited by: Arkansas, Arkansas State and Tulsa among others.


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