Johnson plans to be at junior day

As Cypress Ridge High's season played out, more and more people began to hear about five-star quarterback Russell Shepard. Yet, the best kept secret on the Rams team might be wide receiver Kevin Johnson, who was on the receiving end of a majority of Shepard's completions.

Johnson reflects on the season that was, which culminated in a 55-48 loss to Copperas Cove in the third round of the 5A Texas state playoffs.


"It was a tough run, but it was a season to remember," said Johnson, who caught 45 passes for 691 yards and 12 touchdowns. "We played well all year and just stepped it up in the playoffs to get wins over Round Rock and Lufkin. I wish we could have made it all the way, but nothing to hang our heads on."


While Johnson is not the type to ramble on about his talent on the football field, Rams quarterback and LSU-commitment Russell Shepard said that he has no problem tooting the horn for his receiver.


"Well, hands down he will be the best receiver out of Houston next season, and that is saying a lot for a city this size," Shepard said. "That should tell you about his skills alone, then when you see him you will be blown away. He will be a top prospect by next season, mark my word."


The five-star signal caller says that Johnson’s greatest attribute lies in his athleticism, which gives him a major boost come Friday nights.


"His ability to get off the line is amazing," Shepard said. "His first few steps are the fastest I have ever seen, including me. I have been to camps all over the country and played with the best kids there is out there, and KJ could hang with them for sure.


"Once they put his highlight reel out, KJ is going to really blow up," he added. "When coaches see what he did this year the offers will pour in. He just embarrassed a couple of kids on Lufkin, and I am talking about guys that will get offered by Texas come February. So he is the real deal."


With his recruitment process opening up, and with one official offer under his belt, Johnson is eager to hit the trail and see where his recruitment has the possibilities of taking him.


"I have my Baylor offer, and I am getting letters every week from Louisville, Iowa and Alabama,” Johnson said. “Two of the schools I am waiting to really get interested in me is Texas Tech and LSU, so hopefully things start to happen on that front."


The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Johnson said that he plans on making the trek to Baton Rouge after the first of the year, where he will be able to meet back up with running backs coach Larry Porter.


"Coach came by the school not long ago and we chatted for a bit," Johnson said. "He just told me that I was a guy that they are going to keep a close eye on. We talked about getting over for junior day in January (31), so I am planning on doing that."


While Rams head coach Gary Thiebaud has not decided whether to keep Johnson at wide receiver or move him to quarterback next season, the Houston-native said that he is already getting his practice in.


"It will be weird not having Russell around anymore, but we just have to move on," he said. "Me and some of the younger guys have already been out there throwing and timing our routes. Coach Thiebaud said that he would like to keep me at wide receiver so we can have a solid passing attack, but I am just getting ready for whatever I need to do to help us win."

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