Defensive back Cortez Johnson had a nice true frosh year at Arizona, lettering and starting two…
Former Arizona DB visiting Oklahoma
As a big, athletic defensive back (6-2, 200), Cortez Johnson had his pick of several colleges coming out of O.P. Walker High School. Although Johnson ultimately signed with the Arizona Wildcats in February 2010, he ended his tenure in Tuscon today and will transfer to either Oklahoma or North Carolina State. Rumors persisted this morning in south Louisiana that Johnson's mind is made up in favor of Oklahoma, but he said that's a premature assessment. "I visited North Carolina State last weekend," said Johnson, who was granted a release by the Arizona staff to move to any program outside of the Pac-12 (or UNLV). "To be honest, I love the staff at N.C. State. They're graduating three DBs, and their DBs coach said I can come in and bust it wide open - play right away. Overall, N.C. State is a good school. Unless OU has more to offer, then I'll probably stay with N.C. State." Johnson flies to Oklahoma tomorrow for a visit. "I'll be leaving in the morning," he said. "I want to see a lot of the campus and see how their coaches operate. I'll probably make my decision right after the visit." "Coach Stoops at Oklahoma said I can come right in and play. They want me for either safety or cornerback, while N.C. State just wants me for corner. "I'll play either (position)." Johnson doesn't depart from Arizona with a bad taste in his mouth. It simply wasn't the correct fit and he wants to move closer to home, even if it's still quite a distance from his home turf on the West Bank of New Orleans. As a true frosh, he lettered for the Wildcats and started games at Washington and Colorado. He played in eight games, and logged a season-high seven tackles and broke up a pass vs. Washington.
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