Kris Johnston: 2008 prospect

Texas will have as much high school talent as ever next season, and Notre Dame already has the attention of some of the state's top talent. Junior safety, Kris Johnston of Texas City High School (Texas) made a trip to South Bend this year and liked what he saw.

Notre Dame has struggled in the defensive backfield for a couple years and the only way to solve that problem is to add talent. Safety Kris Johnston (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) is a player the Irish staff will target for the 2008 recruiting class.

"Yeah, I'm getting quite a few letters them," Johnston responded when asked if Notre Dame had been in contact with him. "Towards the beginning of my season they sent me an offer for tickets, so we went up to Notre Dame for the Purdue game. It was amazing."

"It was a great experience. We saw the locker room and the new facilities. It was amazing. I knew it would be a great experience, and it was. Tommy Zbikowski is my idol, so it was real fun going up there to watch him play.

"I talked to coach Ianello about a week ago," Johnston said. "I keep in touch with him now and then. We just talk about how my season is going, playoff games, my stats and other stuff."

Growing up in Texas kids naturally root for one of the in-state programs. Kris has always been a fan of the Texas Longhorns, but there is room to also cheer for the Irish.

"Oh yeah, I'm a Notre Dame fan" Kris explained. "I think they have the most history. The fans are great. When I was at the game, they lifted me up for each point they scored. I just felt it was amazing and that it is a great football program."

The Longhorns and Irish will have plenty of company for the standout athlete, Kris has also been hearing from Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia Tech, LSU and Duke.

Johnston could play several positions in college, but he believes that he'll eventually settle in at safety.

"Defensive back, strong safety," Kris replied when asked about which position he would be recruited to play. "I think I'm really tough on the run game. I love to come up and get a big hit on somebody. I'm a really good athlete. I make big plays."

"I went up to a camp at Baylor last summer. This summer, I'll probably go to as many as I can."

As a junior Johnston had 97 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Top Stories