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.
Johnson is also trying to dole out some knowledge of his own.
“I want to get my other teammates better,” Johnson said. “They want to learn from me, so if I don't get to play, they'll be ready.”
But he's also trying to give his teammates space.
“Lately, especially, I've been trying to stay away from it,” Johnson said. “I talk to Stanvon every day and see how things are going but I don't want to be in the way.
“But if I do play, we're going to be pretty good.”
Johnson credits former Tulsa Central teammate Demarco Cobbs for much of the way he handles himself.
Cobbs, who now plays for Texas, saw something in Johnson when he was a freshman.
“He came up and told me I reminded him a lot of how he was as a freshman,” Johnson said. “He told me to just keep working hard and watch what you say.”
That lesson, and watching the way Cobbs carried himself throughout the recruiting process, including being an Oklahoma high schooler who committed and signed with Texas, has stayed with Johnson.
“It was a big help to have that example,” Johnson said. “You learn what to say and what not to say, to choose your friends wisely and how to deal with coaches.
“You know a lot of coaches are going to say the same things to you but you've got to do what's right for you.”
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
Recruited by: Arkansas, Arkansas State and Tulsa among others.