The Recruiting Guy:

Hogs impress Johnson, makes decision tougher

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Arkansas defensive coordinator John Chavis is shown prior to the Razorbacks' spring game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Little Rock.
Photo by Ben Goff
Arkansas defensive coordinator John Chavis is shown prior to the Razorbacks' spring game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Little Rock.

— Highly touted junior college linebacker Caleb Johnson arrived in Fayetteville for his official visit with Texas as his leader, but the Hogs are making his decision much harder.

“It will be too hard honestly,” Johnson said. “I’m gonna have to think and pray about it a lot.”

Johnson (6-1, 217 pounds) of Fullerton College in California, has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, Iowa State, Utah, Ole Miss and others. His 48 hours in Fayetteville impressed him.

“I had a real good time,” Johnson said. “It’a a really good atmosphere and a lot of good people. I enjoyed the game and meeting all the players and coaches.”

He recorded 41 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 recovered fumble as a freshman. Johnson said the trip helped Arkansas’ chances.

“It does definitely,” Johnson said. “I wasn't expecting that good a vibe, environment. I will definitely have to think about it a lot.”

Prior to visiting Arkansas, Johnson had officially visited Iowa State, Colorado and Texas while also making an unofficial visit to Alabama. He’s looking at two schools for his final official visit.

“I haven't decided where yet,” he said. “I’m thinking between Oregon or Nebraska.”

Johnson, who plans to graduate in December and enroll at his new school in January, was accompanied by his mother on the trip. He was impressed with defensive coordinator John Chavis.

“Chief, I looked him up a long time ago,” Johnson said. “He definitely has the experience. He's a good guy. I was honestly not expecting that. He's a real nice guy. The way they go about coaching and calling plays and stuff they're a lot of nicer.”

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