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