Jacobe Johnson made his way through Mustang’s football tunnel just like he has the past three seasons.
This time however, it wasn’t his high school’s fight song playing through the stadium speakers.
Johnson appeared in front of a lively crowd at Bronco stadium Saturday night, donning a University of Oklahoma hat along with his No. 3 Mustang jersey – “Boomer Sooner” blasting loudly in the background.
Considered one of the top recruits in the country, Johnson officially committed to the Sooners, igniting a roar from the home sideline and stands. The commitment was part of the program’s ‘Bring Out the Broncos’ event to help kick off the 2022 season.
“It was crazy,” Johnson said after thanking everyone in attendance and then making his way toward the locker room. “I was nervous and certain at the same time. Once I put the hat on it all kind of just hit me.”
Johnson chose Oklahoma after narrowing his choices to the Sooners, Alabama, Michigan, Stanford, and Oklahoma State. He said he had a feeling early in the process that Oklahoma would be the school.
“When I first got the offer I kind of knew. Growing up I always wanted to be there. I’ve built a great relationship with the coaches and really every time I went there it got better. I love what they’re doing and how the program is getting better.”
The star defensive back and receiver now feels the weight of the decision lifted and is ready to hit the field this fall for his final season as a Bronco.
“All of the pressure is off now,” he said. “So now I can just focus on the high school season and finish strong. I want to finish my high school career with a championship.”
Mustang coach Lee Blankenship grabbed the mic following the announcement and explained what makes Johnson special.
“I have had the absolute honor and privilege of being Jacobe’s coach the last four years,” he said. “I have considered that an honor not because of how athletic he is or how fast he runs. He is a Division I football player, but I love the character he possesses. I’m just so proud and excited for him as he takes the next step in his future.”
Johnson greeted and thanked teammates and coaches afterwards as well as 4U players and up from Mustang’s little league program. They reached for high fives from the star player.
“It’s cool, especially for somebody like me,” Johnson said. “My personality is more quiet. So, something like this was a little out of my comfort zone, but it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life.”
He also had a message for the crowd before heading to the locker room to suit up for scrimmages.
“I know that in the coming years, I’m always going to say I’m a Mustang Bronco.”