NSD Scouting Report: Marcus Johnson

One-by-one, we'll take a look at every member of the Texas recruiting class.

Johnson can be a bit of the forgotten man in the Texas wide receiver class. Cayleb Jones is the five-star, and Kendall Sanders is the do-it-all athlete who runs in the 4.3s. But don't sleep on Johnson, as he has a complete skill set that starts with his ability to run.

Johnson isn't as fast as Sanders is, but he's certainly fast enough. More than that, his long strides make it tricky for defenders to gauge his speed. On film, you constantly see him outrunning the angle because a player hasn't been able to properly plan where he'll be down the field.

That speed allows Johnson to be a home run threat. But he's so much more than that. He has nice size at 6-1 to 6-2, can make plays in the air and he can read the defense. His skills, including his great hands and foot control, make him a great candidate to play on the outside rather than the slot.

Those traits come across in his film: Johnson shows an ability to high-point the football and contort his body to get his feet in when making the catch. And on double-moves, he sells the stop well enough that once he starts going again, he's typically gone.

So while Johnson might not be an elite guy at any one thing, he's kind of a B+ to A- in any number of categories. And with some seasoning and development, he's the type of player who could develop into an excellent prospect opposite Jones and a big-play threat down the field.

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