Johnson's commitment, when added to that of Kendall Sanders of Athens, gives the Longhorns four wide receiver commitments in the Class of 2012. Perhaps most importantly, the commitments of Johnson, Sanders and Dallas Skyline's Thomas Johnson dramatically upgrades the speed and field-stretching ability of a unit that lacked true downfield playmakers behind the Longhorns' top three receivers of Mike Davis, Jaxon Shipley and Marquise Goodwin.
Further, the Longhorns were set to lose one of those players with Goodwin's graduation next year.
And the Longhorn receiver group is also stacked with size, as every commitment is 6-foot-plus, headlined by Austin High's Cayleb Jones, a lanky 6-foot-3 outside receiver who complements the above speed threats extremely well.
So how exactly does Marcus Johnson specifically fit in? For one, he's a player who can turn a short pass into a big play, but he's even better at tracking deep balls and is a threat in the air. While Thomas Johnson is more of a tall slot, Marcus Johnson is an ideal outside receiver, somebody who can run a post route, torch a corner and make a catch over a safety.
Of course, the next question is whether the Longhorns, with 21 commitments and four wide receiver commitments, feel like they're out of it for top receiver target Dorial Green-Beckham. And the answer is absolutely not. The Longhorns like where they sit with Green-Beckham, who had a great visit to Austin in November. But with the attrition at wide receiver, and possible future attrition at the position, the Longhorns needed guaranteed bodies.
That's how Green-Beckham varies. You can throw out his position. He's a "best player available" type, meaning that even if you have eight receiver commitments, he's a definite take. In Johnson, the Longhorns have security in case Green-Beckham decides to go elsewhere.
But his recruitment, recent offer and more recent commitment don't speak to anything other than Johnson's talent and the Longhorn needs at that position.