Mustangs In the Mix For Johnson

Mustangs In the Mix For Johnson

With seven scholarship offers under his belt, Nyle Johnson of Capitol is one of the biggest prizes in the ranks of Louisiana wide receivers. Johnson keeps a hectic itinerary over the summer months, juggling baseball and football. However, PonyStampede.com was able to visit with the senior on Tuesday just before he departed on a well-deserved vacation.

With seven scholarship offers already in hand, Capitol (Baton Rouge) WR Nyle Johnson is one of the most sought-after receivers in Louisiana and he's certainly staying busy this summer. Yesterday, however, Johnson was getting ready for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

"I've been packing for a cruise that I'm going to take with my family," Johnson said. "We're going to Cozumel, Mexico, and I hope we avoid the storm (Hurricane Alex)."

Johnson hasn't had much of a respite this summer, as the dual-sport athlete has been competing in baseball and football since classes let out.

"I play on an all-star baseball team called Team Express," he said. "It's a select team where you have to get an invitation from the coach. We do some traveling and play teams from states such as Texas and Georgia, in addition to games against Louisiana teams.

"Some games are with wood bats and some are with aluminum bats. With the wood bat, it's much harder to bring power to the plate. You have to use more technique, because the sweet spot is only six inches. The aluminum bat, with its technology, has an eight-to-ten inch barrel and the ball flies off the bat."

Johnson plays quite a few positions on the baseball diamond, but he's not a leadoff hitter, as you might expect from such a fast (4.4) athlete.

"I hit fifth in the batting order. I do have some power, but hitting for average isn't my strongest point. My speed, getting stolen bases, is my best attribute, along with my defense. I play shortstop and all three outfield positions."

The 6-foot-0, 185-pounder has also been occupied with 7-on-7 football thus far this summer.

"We've played several teams: Plaquemine, Woodlawn (BR), University High, Zachary, Clinton, McDonogh 35, Belaire, Glen Oaks, and we also competed in a tournament at Northwestern State.

We went 5-1 in that tournament and that one loss kept us from advancing to the next tournament. We lost to Pineville."

Johnson, who transferred from University to Capitol after football season ended last year, is impressed with his new teammates.

"We're having a good summer," he said. "We have a safety named Fredrick Wilson who has a 40-to-42 inch vertical. I asked our coach the other day who the hardest hitter on the team is - and he said that it's Fred. We also have a sophomore running back they call 'Pit Bull,' but his real name is Brent Terrance. He has legit low-4.4 to high-4.3 speed. And, of course, we have (LSU commit) Corey White on the offensive line."

Any games on the schedule stand out to the senior? "Most definitely the University game," said Johnson in regard to facing his old teammates, who happen to be in the same district with Capitol. "The Central game, because that's a game that we (Capitol) should have won last year. Also, Clinton, McKinley, and Donaldsonville.

"Devon Breaux from Donaldsonville is a great athlete. I watched him run track and long jump this spring. We also hope to face Evangel Christian again. It's something we think about every day (after Capitol lost a heartbreaking semifinal game to Evangel in 2009."

Johnson currently holds offers from seven schools - SMU, Tulane, ULM, Miami (Ohio), Arkansas State, Northern Illinois, and Alabama State - and he's not in a hurry to make a commitment. However, a couple of schools do stand out for the senior.

"SMU and UConn are two schools that I plan to take official visits to," he said, "but I'm just being patient right now and I'm going to see what all happens. UConn hasn't offered yet, but I've talked a lot with Coach Perkins from there and we're building a relationship. I'll probably take all of my official visits and then reach a decision after my senior season."

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