Johnston Nearing a Decision

Johnston Nearing a Decision

Abilene Wylie linebacker Clay Johnston was offered a scholarship by Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury while visiting the campus Friday. Johnston also visited Baylor and Texas recently as the three-star linebacker nears a decision. RaiderPower.com caught up with him for a recap of the visits and to see where he's leaning.

Clay Johnston plays an attacking, blitzing brand of football at Abilene Wylie.

Texas Tech would like him to do the same for the Red Raiders at the next level.

"I really love Tech's defense they are running," Johnston said. "Obviously their coaching staff is awesome. It's a great coaching staff and I can see why they are pulling in all those big recruits, because they treat the players right and make them feel like they are wanted.
"I like all the blitz packages they have and I can see why they'd offer me, because I blitz a lot."


Johnston, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, is coming off a Class 3A first-team all-state performance after tallying136 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, six sacks and five pass breakups. He visited the South Plains on Friday where he received an official offer from Kliff Kingsbury.

"Coach [Mike] Smith told me they were going to offer me, but they wanted to make it more personal," Johnston said. "So they did it in Kingsbury's office, me and my mom sat down and coach Kingsbury made it official, the real deal. He just gave me the whole spiel of what I'll be playing. It was nice."

Was the wait worth it for Johnston, to be offered during the visit in Kingsbury's office?

"Oh yeah, that was legit. That made it a lot more special," Johnston said. "It means more to sit down with Kingsbury in his office and he treated me right. It was just classy."

Johnston talked a little bit more about what he thought of Kingsbury after meeting with him in person.

"Coach Kingsbury does a great job when it comes to recruiting," Johnston said. "I really like coach Kingsbury, he's cool. He's a chill dude, but also a go-get-it type coach."

Johnston took a tour of the Tech campus with coach Smith and as usual with first-time visitors he was surprised by what he saw.

"I was surprised, it was massive," Johnston said. "I liked it a lot, it was beautiful. It was fun. I was driving around with coach Smith in his jeep and we were styling."


Johnston pointed out coach Smith and San Diego Charger linebacker Jarret Johnson were tight and with his father, Kent Johnston, being the Chargers' strength and conditioning coach, that coach Smith and the Johnston family had already established a "good bond" and a level of trust.

"Coach Smith said I'd be playing either the Raider or the Mike linebacker positions because I can cover a lot of ground," Johnston said. "I do love the blitz packages they have. It's exciting."

Johnston visited Baylor, who has also offered him, the previous weekend and had a very good time.

"The visit went well. Baylor linebackers coach Jim Gush, he's awesome, just a great guy," Johnston said. "He's a go-get-it type of coach as well. He's really cool, he's really nice, he showed me around and he'd be a great coach to play for as well."

Johnston visited Texas on Saturday but has yet to receive an offer.

"It was good. I met [Charlie] Strong and the linebacker coach, coach B.J. [Brian Jean-Mary] they were really nice as well," Johnston said. "I'm going to stay in touch with them, but I can't really tell much what happened with them, but it went well."

In addition to offers from Texas Tech and Baylor, Johnston holds offers from Duke, New Mexico, North Texas, SMU, Texas State and Tulsa. He said Sunday he will waste no time in making a decision and it would appear it's between Tech and Baylor.

"I do like Baylor a lot, but Texas Tech, that was a blessing getting an offer from them and I am very highly considering them as well," Johnston said. "But I'm going to go out to San Diego and make a decision sometime this June with my dad and just pick a school and play high school football my senior year."

Stay tuned to RaiderPower.com for updates on Johnston's recruitiment.


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