TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 19: David Roberts #81 and Cortez Johnson #7 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrate after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils in the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Sun Devils 31-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Cortez Johnson decided to leaves the Arizona Wildcats football program on March 30, and it was then that the Arizona Daily Star reported he might land close to home based on Rich Rodriguez's official release.
That didn't happen.
The timing and gut feeling then made it seem like Johnson was leaving because Rodriguez's style just wasn't a good fit for the Louisiana native. The Star reported he could potentially land at former offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes' Louisiana Tech program.
"Cortez is a player that is familiar with the system run by Mike Stoops and Tim Kish from their time together at Arizona," OU head coach Bob Stoops told Scout.com. "He’s got good size for a corner and we feel that he’s the type of player that can provide strength in our defensive scheme."
So now we know. Mike Stoops really was high on Johnson, a big, athletic cornerback that saw limited time for the Wildcats last season. After sitting out a year, Stoops and former interim head coach Tim Kish will have a player ready to fit right into the system he played within at Arizona.
As a true freshman last season, Johnson struggled with injuries and couldn't nab a spot in a spotty secondary because of it.
He did play in two games, recording seven tackles in a game against the Washington Huskies.