It’s an upside that fell right into the Sooners’ lap.
The only thing they needed to do to get Johnson was hire OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Johnson is his guy and vice versa.
The New Orleans native started two games as a true freshman in 2011 at Arizona. That was Mike Stoops’ final season as the Wildcats’ head coach. When he returned as OU’s defensive coordinator in the spring of 2011, Johnson was ready to pack for Norman.
“When he first recruited me, he came to my school. Then he came to my house, sat in the front room and told my daddy, ‘No matter where I go, I’m taking him with me.’ And he stuck by his word,” Johnson said. “I love Coach Mike to death.”
Johnson had to redshirt last season due to NCAA transfer rules. He spent a year on the scout team perfecting the technique to go with his physical skills.
OU hasn’t named him a starter yet. In truth, they haven’t named anyone since there’s no published depth chart. But players with Johnson’s attributes have been what OU has coveted in recruiting the last two years.
They want big, physical defensive backs that can beat up receivers and shutdown passing windows. Johnson fits the part. All he has to do is deliver.
“Cortez Johnson’s a guy that gets his chance, he’s gotta step up and be a player for us,” Mike Stoops said.