Johnson’s now-former head coach, Bill Blankenship, told the Tulsa World it appears the receiver is set on jumping early to the NFL despite a plan that was put in place — a plan that he was apparently amenable to and following — that would’ve allowed him to return in 2012. After withdrawing from school in December and reportedly moving back to Louisiana, that now looks to be out of question.
“It looks like he made the decision to try to throw his lot in with the NFL and see what happens,” Blankenship told the paper. “It was my hope that he would want to stick around and work his way back onto the field and make things better for himself. …
“I just want to make it clear we didn’t close the door on that. We gave him a game plan. It was a very workable plan. He did go to class for a lot of the first semester. Apparently he didn’t finish up well.”
Johnson was charged with felony embezzlement during the middle of summer camp this past year after being accused of paying just over $13 for roughly $2,800 in merchandise at a Macy’s department store in Tulsa. Johnson, along with a girlfriend who worked at the department store, ultimately pleaded guilty and received a deferred sentence.
Johnson, the NCAA’s leader in career all-purpose yards, was the team’s leading receiver last year with 57 receptions for 872 yards and four touchdowns. He was also the team’s second-leading rusher with 560 yards and seven touchdowns, and returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown.
The Associated Press named Johnson a second-team All-American following the 2010 season.