The bronze mohawk Xavier Johnson brandished earlier this year nearly is gone. So too, is his commitment to South Alabama.
Johnson, a 1,700-yard rusher last season, told the Times earlier today Toledo now is atop his recruiting list. South Alabama, to where he committed in June, is No. 2, followed by Marshall. All have offered him scholarships.
"Me and the (Toledo) coaches, I just felt like we had a great vibe," said Johnson, being recruited by 32-year-old Rockets head coach Matt Campbell. "It's kind of the same way I felt with the South Alabama coaches."
Johnson (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) ran for 1,736 yards on 231 carries last season, but could be hard-pressed to match that total this fall because of the gluttony of tailbacks in Chamberlain's no-huddle, spread-option offense.
He has visited none of the three schools yet, but said he hopes to. He said he has no self-imposed deadline for making a decision.