Weatherford recent senior (now, graduate) Taylor “TJ” Johnson had eyes on a few junior colleges while making plans to pursue studies in physical therapy while also extending his baseball career. He was then diverted to a school close by — one traveling well under his radar until he received a suggestion from a friend. Pursuing the lead was time well spent, and he hopes to spend his next few years, there.
With his parents, Weatherford baseball coaches Terry Massey and Jason Lee, and WISD Athletic Director Richard Scoggin in attendance at The Outback, Johnson celebrated his letter-of-intent signing to attend and play baseball at the University of Dallas, last week.
“I have a friend who mentioned the school to me, and said you really had to have good grades to get in,” Johnson said. “So, I called them up and the coach was interested, so we set up a visit.
“I had a quick tryout by myself and the coaches wanted me to spend the night so I could meet the team. They wanted to make sure I was comfortable with the team.”
The due diligence of the U of D coaches included assurance the mix with the team was good, as Johnson’s varsity numbers pretty much spoke for themselves.
After further dialogue with the coaching staff, then a few more meetings around, basically, the entire school, Johnson was accepted and received a scholarship.
“The whole interview process was a good experience, and really a lot of fun for me,” he said. “The coach told me he was excited about me coming to U of D and playing at the catcher position.”
With a junior and a senior also vying for the catcher’s position next fall, Taylor is not content to wait his turn in the Crusaders roster when the competition for the starting spot begins in earnest... even the suggestion is rejected.