Johnson adjusting well to new school

Johnson adjusting well to new school

SMU's most recent commitment, Nyle Johnson, had a whirlwind summer that culminated in a last-minute transfer to a new school. The transition, however, has been seamless for Johnson, who always maintains a positive outlook. Found out what's going on with the senior from Baton Rouge, who is playing not one, but three new positions this fall.

"I've been getting used to things here at Dunham," said Nyle Johnson (6-foot-0, 185, 4.4), who committed to SMU earlier this month. "The people here are great and I've gotten acclimated already. I've been learning the new offense; they run the Wing-T here.

"Overall, everything has just been good. My new teammates are great; they're good kids, and the underclassmen already look up to me as a leader."

The past two years, Johnson was a highly-productive wide receiver for University, a lab school located on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. At the conclusion of the 2009 season, he transferred across town to Capitol Academy, an all-boys charter school that graduated such players as QB Terrance Broadway (Houston) and RB Frankie Jackson (Arkansas State) last year.

However, due to potential complaints about Johnson's move to Capitol, he was forced to find a new school just prior to the start of the 2010 school year. Enter Dunham, the private school that's located in Johnson's residential attendance zone.

Sound complicated? It is, but the important factor is that the future Mustang is happy with his current situation.

Having starred in a wide-open passing offense thus far in his career, what's Johnson's take on playing for a Wing-T program?

"Dunham throws it once in awhile," he said, "and I'm a natural wide receiver, but I'm going to play a few positions here. The coaches asked me how I would feel about playing some running back, so I'll be doing that, as well as wingback. I'm also the starting cornerback and I'm going to make the most of it.

"They're trying to get the ball into my hands, and I got some touches at the jamboree last week. I had five or six catches for 100 yards in our win over Christian Life, and I had four returns (two kickoff, two punt) for another 100 yards."

Dunham, which went 7-4 in 2009, happens to be in the same district (7-2A) as both Capitol and University - setting up some intriguing matchups later this year.

The Tigers open the regular season on the road this week at Opelousas Catholic, a team they defeated (28-7) in 2009.

They run the Wing-T, like us, and they have a good wingback, No. 3 (Darious Recard)," said Johnson of the Vikings. "He's a decent athlete and they also have a wide receiver, No. 84 (Dorian Durald), who can make plays."

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