Justin Johnson is a Team Player

When Oklahoma landed the number two and number three ranked running backs in the nation naturally there was some uncertainty how each would feel about coming in to the program at the same time, but after speaking with Justin Johnson you can see that this is a player who is all about the team and relationships.

Justin Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back from Gilmer High School in Gilmer, Texas committed to Oklahoma nearly six months ago at this point and while he has not been on campus at Norman since the spring game, he has been in touch with both the players and coaching staff on a consistent basis. From talking to members of the Class of 2008 the common theme seems to be a focus on building relationships before making it to campus.

"The last time I was in Norman was for the spring game and the team looked really good during practices," Johnson said. "There were a lot of new recruits there, so I got to hang out with Britt Mitchell who is a really big kid and also met Landry Jones and Stephen Good who were both great guys. We have been hanging out every chance we get, so the relationships have already been built at this point and the focus is on trying to get everyone together sometime this summer and hanging out. I also talk to Ben Habern who is down in Atlanta right now working with Chip Smith and I plan on going down there to join him soon, but have been talking with him the whole time he has been there."

"I've been going to Atlanta to work out with Chip for about a year and a half now and even spent some time there over spring break," Johnson added. "I could see improvement in the short time I was there then and look forward to getting back out there as he works with a lot of NFL players and really gets you bigger, stronger and faster in a hurry. I just love that all of us players are building these great bonds already and can't wait to get to Norman with these guys and get busy towards winning a national championship."

Johnson spent time reiterating why he chose Oklahoma over the many schools he had an opportunity to attend and also talked about his relationship with the coaching staff. While speaking on the subject we did ask him to address his feelings of being paired with another excellent running back in Jermie Calhoun.

"When I was at Oklahoma I really fell in love with both the program and the coaching staff pretty quickly," Johnson explained. "The tradition they have for winning is a big one and they also have produced some excellent running backs over the years there. I spoke to Adrian Peterson about his time there and really liked what he had to say. Adrian is like a big brother to me and I really value his opinion. Since I committed I have been in constant contact with the coaching staff and actually just spoke with Coach (Cale) Gundy a couple of days ago. As for Jermie, it will be great to have another great tailback to go in and work with. I love competition because it really drives me and I think that we can really get the best out of each other and make a big difference for the offense at Oklahoma."

Over a two year span at Gilmer High School, Johnson has carried the ball 167 times for roughly 1900 yards and 34 touchdowns, averaging a gaudy 11.4 yard per carry. He was named first-team All-State as a junior.

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