Coach Kliff Kingsbury extended an offer to 2019 standout Michael Johnson Jr. on Tuesday, his second in the state of California (2020 prospect Bryce Young was offered this past summer). The 6-foot-4, 180-pound sophomore is the son of former UCLA offensive coordinator and longtime NFL assistant Michael Johnson.
The elite quarterback prospect discussed how the offer went down.
"DeShaun Foster knew my dad from when my dad coached at UCLA and in the NFL. About a week and a half ago, he contacted my dad that he was going to show my film to the coaches that day. Then this morning, my dad got a call and he put me on the phone and I got the offer. He was just telling me that they like me at Texas Tech and that they really know how to produce NFL quarterbacks."
Offensive coordinator Eric Morris was also able to speak with Johnson.
"[Coach Morris] was telling me about the quarterbacks coach Kingsbury has had, like Case Keenum, Patrick Mahomes who's going to go high in the draft, Davis Webb who's at Cal now, but he was there. They just know how to produce quarterbacks. I have not spoken with coach Kingsbury yet, but coach Morris did say that he would try to get coach Kingsbury on the phone with me by next week."
The San Jose quarterback talked about how he's watched Texas Tech for years, citing the '08 Texas game as what really got him interested in the program.
"Texas Tech, I've watched them for a while. I started watching them when Michael Crabtree was there, when they played Texas actually in that wild game. I watched that game and that's when I was really interested to find out more about Texas Tech and I really liked them."
Tech's current quarterback play has made an impression on the sophomore as well.
"I've always known about Texas Tech and I've always watched Patrick Mahomes, I really watched him a lot last year. I thought he was a really good player. I watched the game against West Virginia this year, the week I got the offer from West Virginia."
Aside from the Mountaineers, many other Power Five schools have thrown their hat in and offered the blue-chip signal-caller.
"Before West Virginia was Louisville, and then end of summer was Arizona. At the end of my freshman year I had Mississippi State, Cal, and Florida State."
Johnson also listed schools that are showing interest, but haven't offered yet.
"Michigan, Colorado, Ohio State, Washington, Penn State, Oregon, Notre Dame. Colorado and Oregon are where I get the most mail from."
No visits are in the works for him yet.
"I'm sure I'll visit some places, but I haven't really thought about it yet. I have no idea."
National Signing Day 2019 is quite a ways away, but with offers pouring in, Johnson has a timeline figured out for making his commitment.
"I was thinking about between the end of my junior year and beginning of my senior year. If I don't know by then, I'll take my officials and figure it out by then."
How does Texas Tech stack up against the other schools Johnson mentioned?
"I don't have a top school, but Texas Tech is definitely at the top of my consideration just based on their offense and their quarterback play and how the coaching staff has produced quarterbacks in the past. They're one of the top schools in the nation in a tough conference with an electric offense."