Tech Offers Reedley JUCO QB

After bringing RaiderPower Club members an exclusive report on Florida QB Xavier Lee, and last night's "Hot News" report on Graham Harrell's commitment status/commitment timeframe, we now turn our attention to Reedley JUCO dual-threat passer, Robert Johnson.

Robert Johnson, goes about 6-2, 195 and said his fastest 40 time is a 4.51. He's got good size, needs a bit more bulk, but can really make you pay if you're only focused on stopping the pass.

After leading his high school football team (Americus Georgia) to the state championship (15-0 record) as a senior in 2001, he bolted to Cali so he could attend Reedley JC.

But let's back up just a bit...

In his senior season of high school, Johnson broke two season records -- most passing yards (3,287), most TD passes (39).

"What I liked the most about my senior year stats, were the low number of INTs I threw, Johnson said. "I only threw 4 picks."


As a frosh at Reedley, Johnson threw for 2,700 yards, 24 TDs (10 INTs), ran for 520 yards and 4-5 TDs. More important, he led his team to the Nor Cal championship as they finished the season undefeated with a 12-0 campaign.

That's back-to-back undefeated seasons with a combined 27-0 record as the starting QB. Needless to say, he's got several teams recruiting him.

"Texas Tech offered me about about a week ago," Johnson said. "I was surprised. It felt really good. They said they needed a No. 1 QB and I was as good as any. And they were honest about the other quarterbacks they had on campus, who they had coming in and all of that good stuff."

Thoughts on Tech?

"I know their offense really well," Johnson informed. "It's the same offense we ran at my high school. I played wide receiver my 9th- and 10th-grade seasons. And at quarterback my last two seasons, so I know their offense.

"And it would be great to play in the Big 12 conference, period. It's very competitive. It'll get you better and prepare you for the next level."

Top 5?

"Well, I'm really wide-open, but right now I kind of like K-State, Washington, Kansas, Texas Tech, Central Florida and Florida."

Dean: Would you say that you like K-State (1), Washington (2), Kansas (3), Texas Tech (4), and so forth?

Robert Johnson: Yes, sir. You could say that. But I'm really wide-open and still considering other schools.

Dean: So, essentially a few other teams could jump into the mix at the top of your group...?

RJ: Right...

Johnson said he's holding around 20-something offers, but specifically named K-State, Washington, Kansas, Kentucky, Central Florida and Texas Tech.

I suspect, K-State and Washington are the the two teams to beat...

However, Mike Leach and his staff recently offered, so they're just beginning to acquaint themselves with the Cali standout.

This one will come down to who earns the "one or two official visits" Johnson said he'll take before making his college destination known. He plans on picking the school of his choice during the early-middle part of the season.

"I'll be taking at least one official visit," Johnson said. "We have a bye-week on October 11th. And that'll be about the time I know where I want to go. In JUCO, I'm done in December, so..."

Asked if Tech had a shot at the October 11th official visit, Johnson said, "Yes, they have a shot at it."

Before you get too excited and start throwing up the L-shaped hand-signals around, the Red Raiders have a fight on their hands. But hey, that's why they call it the recruiting game.

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