Recruiting: Texas running back solid

Waller, Texas running back Cody Johnson profile.

Cody Johnson, RB, 5'10, 220, 4.4, WALLER, TEXAS:

One of the best running backs in Texas, which means he is one of the best running back in the country, is Cody Johnson out of Waller High Schoo in Waller, Texas. Blessed with great speed, Johnson is one of the strongest and toughest running backs in the country. He played all last season with a hernia and had surgery followed the season.

"When I got hurt I tested it and found out I could play with it," said Johnson. "It slowed me down a little, but I could take the pain and I was able to run at close to full speed. I still had a pretty good year despite the injury."

That pretty good season turned out to be 156 carries for 1,551 yards and 21 touchdowns, and an average of 10.6 yards per carry.

"I had a real good offensive line and we like to run the football at our high school," said Johnson. "They opened the holes and I was just able to run through them."

Johnson was so good that he committed to the Texas Longhorns on March 25, and he has never waivered once despite the fact some pretty talented schools have made contact.

"I also considered Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma," said Johnson. "Texas was very straight-forward with me when they offered me. I liked their team, players and coaches. Overall, the school was what I was looking for. They just took the time to recruit me and offered me so I accepted. I have decided that I am only going to visit Texas and I am very solid in my commitment."

Johnson is pure power back, but he doesn't want anybody to be confused. He is a tailback and that is what he will play at Texas.

"They told me in their offense their running backs play both positions sometimes," said Johnson. "When they are in the I-formation I am going to be a tailback, and that is my best position. I like running out of the I-formation best. I will go to Texas to work hard to be their main running back in their offense. I think I can work out of any offense, but I think I will be the tailback in the future."

Johnson says he is looking forward to the time when he gets the opportunity to be in the Longhorn backfield.

"I see myself fitting into their offense when I get there," said Johnson. "They always have a great O-line and I know I will adjust to the play of the game. I love competition and I am not scared of the fact they have other running backs. I look forward to competing against all of them."

Johnson is still recovering from his hernia surgery, which has kept him from running track. However, he says he will be 100 percent by the time the season starts.

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