Plus, Johnson, 23, would be that much closer to his parents and a baby daughter who lives with her mother in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
Johnson met Cochran. He met some of the players who would be his teammates.
“I'd go to war with Coach Cochran,” said Johnson, a senior sports management major. “He was honest with me, told me about the transition they were making. He told me about losing their starting quarterback, Brady (Wardlaw) from last year. I decided I didn't want to play for anybody else. Coach Cochran has been like a father to me.”
Terry, in his first season as a collegiate starter, has benefitted from Johnson joining the team, albeit just for one season. Terry has struggled some behind an equally inexperienced offensive line. But it's become obvious, statistically, that SNU's offense has improved with snaps.
And Johnson is a big part of that. He has 59 receptions for 625 yards and seven touchdowns. He's already closing in on single-season receiving records. Experience as a Big 12 receiver, as well as a 6-foot-4, 212-pound frame, makes Johnson an easier target for the quarterbacks. Johnson is also an excellent complement to SNU's other standout receiver Jarod Martin, who gave the Storm (1-7) a brief 6-0 lead Saturday with a 10-yard TD catch early in the first quarter.
“Dylan has a strong arm, and he's been growing as well as the whole team,” Johnson said. “Some of these guys aren't rookies anymore. We have been starting to come together. We're getting better and better. It's too bad the season is close to coming to an end. I really wish I had another year, because I think they're going to be pretty good next season.”