Rashad Johnson among Waco stars UA covets

Junior safety Rashad Johnson is one of two brothers of current Arkansas quarterback Robert Johnson and four Waco stars showing interest in the Razorbacks.

After an interception in Wednesday night's final spring practice, University of Arkansas redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Johnson nearly knocked himself out trying to tackle Razorback linebacker Clarke Moore.

Perhaps he should leave the hitting to little brother Rashard Johnson, a 6-2, 190-pound junior free safety prospect from Waco, Texas, who was on hand for both of the UA's Junior Days.

"I think he's had a great spring, but we do our things are different sides of the ball," the younger Johnson said. "He's the offensive guy, I'm the defensive one."

Johnson, who boasts 4.5 speed, is primarily focusing on Arkansas, Texas A&M and Baylor right now in terms of his recruitment.

"I like Arkansas a lot," Johnson said. "It is one big family, the football team is real good and I really like being around the atmosphere. Plus my brother is up here and I look up to him and would like to play on the same team in college with him."

Johnson thinks his older brother will make an impact next season at Arkansas.

"I think his chances are real good to get a lot of playing time next season," Johnson said. "I think he is learning a lot and even though he is young, I think he is going to show people how good he is next year."

As for himself, the younger Johnson is preparing to get better over the summer.

"I think I have to work on my coverage ability a little bit more," Johnson said. "The strengths of my game right now are my tackling and my speed and my leadership ability on the field."

Johnson was one of three Waco High prospects who made the two trips with highly regarded linebacker Shon Brown (6-1, 220, 4.7) joining him on both trips.

Junior defensive tackle LeQuantum McDonald (6-3, 220) made the first trip and Reynard Johnson (6-2, 365), a sophomore brother of Robert Johnson's, in Fayetteville on April 3 for the Red-White game.

The Lions have as many as six Division I prospects coming back for next season with Rashad and Reynard Johnson, Brown and McDonald all having Arkansas at the top of their lists and expected to attend camp this summer in Fayetteville.

McDonald has Arkansas, Baylor and A&M on his list while Brown has Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M drawing his interest.

This is the same school that produced cornerback Marcus Walker (Oklahoma) and wideout Tory DeGrate (Texas A&M), two highly thought of players that signed D-1 scholarships back in February.

"We still have a lot of people coming back and our defense is regarded as one of the best in the state," Johnson said. "We should be very good. We all just love Arkansas."

Reynard Johnson is the youngest of the Johnson brothers that were on hand Saturday, but certainly not the littlest.

"I'm pretty rough and strong, but I am working on getting my weight down to about 320 and my 40 time down to a 5.0 or 4.9," Reynard Johnson said. "I've been told I am going to grow to at least 6-4."

Johnson loves his brother, but his favorite player just finished up at Arkansas.

"Shawn Andrews is my idol," Reynard Johnson said. "That's who I am trying to be like. I want to play right tackle just like him, but I will play at whatever spot I am best suited for in college."

It's certainly way early for his recruitment, but Reynard said he loves the programs at Arkansas, Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State.

"I like the fact that Arkansas is not too far and the fact that one of my brothers is already up here and another may be," Reynard Johnson said. "It's like a family wherever you go and it truly would be if we all ended up playing ball up here."


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