Tre Johnson's been a little busy with the 'special moments' lately.
On March 29, he married his wife Myley. Two days later he knocked it out of the park with his Weber State Pro Day showing … and on Friday he graduated from college. Today, he's hoping for another life-changing moment: He'll be glued to the phone and television with family and friends watching the third day of the NFL Draft.
Johnson — who told HERO Sports he'd rather go by Tre than Tre'von like in college — has been considered a quickly ascending linebacker prospect for many weeks now, thanks to his 4.53-second time in the 40-yard dash and his NFLPA Collegiate Bowl showing. The site NFLDraftScout projects him somewhere between a 6th rounder to priority free agent type, which means that one way or another, he's going to have some big news by the end of this evening. Either a team puts its faith in him, or he gets to put his faith into one of the several NFL teams that offers him a free agent contract.
"As a kid, I mean every kid says he wants to do this one day," Johnson told HERO Sports just hours after graduating. "I told my parents when I was 7 years old that I would be doing this, so to actually be almost there, it hasn't hit me yet. But once I get that call and it is finalized, it'll hit of course. But right now it just doesn't seem real that I'm this close to achieving my dream."
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If you're wondering, no … Pro Day wasn't the honeymoon, though the results may help put a hefty down payment on a nice ocean cruise after the season if the couple so chooses. Of course, as Johnson puts it, he and Myley are perfectly content to immediately move to their new city/home and have Tre put roots down … right in the back pocket of his position coach. Whatever team chooses him, they're going to get a focused playmaker. The celebration can wait a few months.
"Once I get into mini camp, I'm going to learn with the coaches, be around the facilities … I'm going to be one of those guys who is always around," Johnson said. "Of course you want to be drafted, to hear your name get called. But if that doesn't happen, you can be undrafted and go to a team that suits you."
Johnson is still reflecting on how things have gone. When he got to Weber State, the program went 2-10. This past year, the Wildcats made the FCS playoffs, and he was a key part of it. Not too shabby for the guy who held only two FCS offers coming out of Hunter H.S. in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was either Weber State or Southern Utah. Now, he may have more NFL options than he did college options. The Texans, Titans and Bucs are just three teams that have been in frequent contact.
"I had limited options coming from high school," Johnson said. "It has worked out, I've loved it up here, it has been so good to me."