Darrion Johnson is an outstanding fit for Duane Akina's secondary, due to his overall athleticism, his versatility and the fact that he's willing to come up and hit. That makes him a great fit in that he could project to any of the positions back there. As a safety, he'd have fantastic range and the Kenny Vaccaro-like ability to stand over a slot receiver in coverage without worrying about it. And Johnson certainly has the physicality and aggressiveness to play on the back end.
But while Johnson would grade out as a plus-athlete at that position, putting him there might rob the Longhorns of one of the state's top pure cover guys. Johnson has fluidity to him, and with his size at 5-11, it wouldn't be shocking to see Johnson emerge over fellow corners like Tony Brown and Nick Harvey to be the top corner in this class.
Obviously, Texas extended offers to several defensive backs before Johnson, including projected cornerbacks Brown, Harvey and Nick Watkins, and with Harvey choosing A&M and the other two likely to stretch out their recruitments a bit, it made sense to pull the trigger on the talented Brenham athlete. And while Texas isn't expected to whiff on all the state's top safety prospects either, Johnson has immense value because he can provide cover at that position as well.
In short, this was a no-brainer offer. And should Texas haul in Johnson, the Longhorns will have one of the better, and more versatile, secondary players in the 2014 in-state class.