RECRUITING: Gilmer WR the next Mark Clayton?

Gilmer, Texas WR Manuel Johnson names his top four, talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.


If there is a Mark Clayton clone in the state of Texas this year it is Manuel Johnson. Many believe he is the best receiver at making something happen after the catch. Johnson will be a three-year starter this year, starting at both wide receiver and cornerback during his career.

"I have also been a back-up quarterback at times at Gilmore," said Johnson. "We have our back-up quarterback back this season, but I will get some work there as well. I really want to play wide receiver, but I will play wherever I can to help the team."

Johnson caught 79 passes a year ago for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns and he also averages 35 yards per punt. Johnson can bench 235 pounds, squats 315, and he starts in hoops (12 ppg and 5 assists) and participates in track (all relays and long jump — 23'10).

Johnson has been busy keeping up with recruiting as 14 different schools have offered him at this point.

"I would have say OU, Texas Tech, OSU and Kansas State are my favorite schools right now," said Johnson. "I might possibly include Nebraska on that list as well. Oklahoma has a great tradition of winning and every year they are ranked in the top 25. Plus, I know their coaching staff is pretty good."

Johnson recently attended the Oklahoma State and Kansas State summer camp, but missed the OU camp because he had to take his ACT.

"I wanted to go to the OU camp as well, but I couldn't miss that test," said Johnson. "I will definitely make it up to OU at some point this summer to check them out."

Johnson will also take a look at Texas Tech in mid-June and he probably will camp at UTEP as well.

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