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A&M receiver who disappeared leaving school

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A Texas A&M wide receiver who threw a scare into both his real-life and football families last month has decided to part ways with the program.  Whether it’s a permanent departure remains to be seen.

Thomas Johnson, head coach Kevin Sumlin confirmed, has withdrawn from school and is in the process of determining the direction his future, football or otherwise, will take.  “[J]ust trying to figure out what his next step is going to be,” Sumlin told the San Antonio Express-News.

One future step could be a return from where he came as Sumlin left the door open for the receiver to come back to the Aggies.  Sumlin also acknowledged than a transfer out of the football program is also a possibility.

In mid-November, Johnson failed to show for a midweek practice, part of a development that prompted both a missing person’s alert to be issued and the A&M police department soliciting the public for help in finding the player.  Johnson was found, safe and unharmed, nearly two days after he was last seen.

At the time of his disappearance, Johnson was third on the team with 30 receptions.  He did not play in the Aggies’ final two regular season games.

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15 Responses to “A&M receiver who disappeared leaving school”
  1. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 20, 2012 11:57 AM

    Sad deal. The kid has a lot of talent. A&M doesn’t beat Bama without him. I wish him the best, and hope he figures it all out in the future. Football takes a back seat to life in situations like this.

  2. friarjack61 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:01 PM

    I doubt that he was a ‘student’, so why stay in school.

  3. glink123 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:35 PM

    you dont disappear for three days unless youre passed out in a crackhouse.

  4. dinklespiel says: Dec 20, 2012 1:52 PM

    I do not believe Coach Sumlin is the type of coach who would leave ” the door open” for a drug-addict to return to his team.
    Hope I’m not wrong, but who knows?

  5. mogogo1 says: Dec 20, 2012 2:33 PM

    Football definitely should take a backseat in these sorts of cases…but school shouldn’t. Dropping out of college is a really bad sign for this kid. There’s plenty of out-patient programs that would allow him to get whatever help he needs while he worked on a degree.

  6. florida727 says: Dec 20, 2012 3:25 PM

    I agree with #mogogo1 and #goodfieldnohit… this kid needs help, which is pretty obvious. For Sumlin to leave the door open as a gesture of his willingness to help an apparently troubled kid, is very admirable. I also agree that, unfortunately, dropping out of school isn’t the answer. Now he’s got too much idle time on his hands. (Never a good thing.) Hope he has the willpower and motivation to seek out whatever help he genuinely needs. The football part, if in his future at all, will take care of itself.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Dec 20, 2012 3:32 PM

    Sounds like too much “Gung Ho” for some people to stomach. A little goes a long way.

  8. barnesaintnoble says: Dec 20, 2012 4:41 PM

    hey glink, how do you know how long one disappears for when passing out from crack? Speaking from experience? Or just talking out of your ass? Either way, I’m sorry.

  9. gatorcheme says: Dec 20, 2012 9:18 PM

    Are the issues drug related? I haven’t heard anything that supports that conclusion.

    There are plenty of reasons for a person to take ‘time out’ to get their lives back on track. To jump to the early conclusion that this has anything to do with a ‘character deficiency’ (i.e. a drug problem) is frankly unfair and speaks more to the character of a person who would post such a thing without any stated evidence (alleged or otherwise).

  10. beltkhloe says: Dec 20, 2012 11:29 PM

    Wonder how johnny football get court side seats to mavs and heat game expensive must have good job!

  11. pushingiron says: Dec 21, 2012 12:34 AM

    According to sources close to the program there are some mental illness issues to overcome. I’m praying for the best for this young man wherever he goes.
    Johnny’s family is wealthy, lots of East Texas oil money, they can afford to pay for him to go wherever he wants to go.!

  12. pushingiron says: Dec 21, 2012 12:36 AM

    The mental illness issue was regarding TJ.

  13. v2the4 says: Dec 21, 2012 4:45 AM

    Johnny Manziel was also seated courtside at the Rockets/76ers game in Houston on weds night…kid gets around…

    as for Thomas Johnson…whatever reason he has decided to leave school for, I hope the young man gets his life in order and returns back to school and play football…he was a 5star recruit out of Dallas Skyline HS, and had a bright future, so hopefully he gets the help he needs for his situation.

  14. 35longmiles says: Dec 21, 2012 7:12 AM

    Next stop:
    Thomas Johnson Trash Hauling

  15. abrellbama says: Dec 21, 2012 3:22 PM

    Johnny Manziel treated himself to a birthday present and went and watched a game. Since his parents probably give him a sizable allowance, I imagine he can afford it.

    I wish Thomas Johnson the best of luck for whatever the future brings this young man. He seems troubled and I sure hope he finds the help he needs. Whatever he does, I do hope he goes back to college because an education is very important and you can’t get a job these days without a college degree. Not a decent job at any rate.

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