LAWTON — It wasn't even an official visit. Lawton linebacker Jabral Johnson was just going to Arizona to feel things out. But he left that visit in February with an offer, and it wasn't too long before the Wildcats had one of their first commitments for 2011.
Johnson had a big junior year, leading the team in tackles with 109 and helping the Wolverines advance to the Class 6A quarterfinals. His production on the field is a big reason why Lawton is expected to be in the conversation for a gold ball in the fall and also earns him the No. 28 spot on The Oklahoman's list of top 30 football recruits for 2011. "There are a lot of things about J.J., but his length really sets him apart right now,” coach Randy Breeze said. "That's a big thing right now when it comes to linebacker.” Not many schools had as much interest on a daily basis during spring practice as the Wolverines. Coaches and players compared it to their own personal Nike combine with all the college scouts attending. For Johnson, that allowed him to think more about his commitment to Arizona, and if he wanted to reconsider. He didn't. The practices, however, did give him and the rest of his teammates a small taste of what they can expect in the fall. "The intensity was crazy,” Johnson said.