While Russell Shepard grabbed the headlines last fall, junior receiver Kevin Johnson made everything for his senior signal caller flow.
He recorded 45 catches and hauled in 12 touchdowns on the year, a performance that pushed the Rams deep into the Texas 5A state playoffs.
That is where Johnson entered the equation, as the six-foot-one, 200-pound prospect is praised by Thiebaud as the team's best athlete.
"He is an unbelievable player," Thiebaud said. "He is actually just as athletic as Russell is, just with a thicker body. At wide receiver he has been tremendous for us. He is a speed guy with amazing hands.
"Things that go unnoticed are that a lot of the big runs you saw Russell and Hassan have were a result of Kevin putting the safety or cornerback down on the ground when he was blocking up the field," added Thiebaud. "His knowledge of the game and maturity are extremely impressive. He is simply a very gifted athlete."
With summer almost here, Johnson said that the decision to move under center, which he pondered for much of the offseason, has come and gone.
"After thinking about it and talking with coach we decided that I needed to stay out at receiver," he said. "Coach feels that I can be a threat running the ball at quarterback, but I want to get the chance to develop more as a receiver. I am pretty excited about the opportunity, and I am going to make the most of it."
As for his recruitment, the Houston native said his options are as open as ever.
"I have picked up offers from Baylor, Rice, Minnesota and SMU," Johnson said. "I have heard a lot from the Oklahoma State staff lately too, and I have a good feeling that they are close to offering. Schools from USC to Florida are interested, so things are going really well."
While the Tigers have not offered, the contact from the staff remains.
"Oh, LSU is definitely still on me," Johnson said. "I have still been getting letters of interest from the staff all the time, and they want me to come down to camp this summer. I am going to make it to Baton Rouge for sure, so that is one thing on my schedule.
"I will always be interested in LSU, so if they offered at any point it would be tough to turn down," added Johnson. "They are one of the top programs in the nation, and I grew up a fan. With Russell also being there, it would be a good fit."
Johnson is also the punter for Cypress Ridge, and he averaged 45 yards a punt, earning him all-district honors as a punter as well as a receiver as a junior.