Texas Offers Longhorn Legacies

Texas offered a talented pair of California athletes on Saturday, extending them to Kirk and Collin Johnson, sons of former Longhorn All-American Johnnie Johnson.

Flanked by their father, legendary Longhorns defensive back Johnnie Johnson, 2015 running back Kirk Johnson and 2016 wide receiver Collin Johnson exited Texas' football facilities all smiles on Saturday afternoon.

And with good reason: the brothers from San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian both received offers from Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong at Texas junior day.

"It means a lot, especially with my dad being one of the original guys that helped form this program into being "DBU," said Kirk, a three-star recruit. "Coach Strong is a great guy. It definitely means a lot."

The elder Johnson, who couldn't help but continuously flash his pearly whites, is a National Football Foundation's College Hall of Famer, who was chosen as the nation's best defensive back by the Heisman committee in 1978 and was a two-time consensus all-American at Texas.

That family lineage is something Kirk (6-foot, 200 pounds) admits he's going to have a hard time overlooking when it comes time to making a decision on where he'll commit. Could it happen soon?

"Possibly, yeah, there is a pretty high chance that I could commit soon," he said. "But I don't want to cut myself short from anything. I still want to look around. But this is definitely a possibility."

Kirk said he would visit an Arizona junior day in April and might visit UCLA ("But I'm not sure, he added). His mind, for now, is clouded with burnt orange.

"It means the world, especially from a school like this," he said. "The opportunities are limitless."

Kirk was actually recruited and offered by Mack Brown's staff, but said the new staff wanted to do their own evaluation before offering their own scholarship. The elder of the brothers was pleased to see how much Strong and his staff stressed academics.

"The biggest different between the two staffs, I didn't get to know the old staff that well, but this staff really stressed academics," he said. "It is one of the main things that they are going to focus on. It is cool for me because I want to not only go to school for academics but I want to get my degree."

Collin Johnson is roughly five inches taller than his elder brother at 6-5, and is considered one of the top 2016 receivers in the country.

"I can't get too caught up in recruiting, but it's a blessing having a Texas offer right now," Collin said. "So I'm just going to stay working out and whatever comes my way I'll see what's happening with that."

Collin said he enjoyed his overall Junior Day experience.

"The campus is really nice," Collin said. "I really like my dad played here and the tradition that they always talk about. So I'm really liking this a lot right now. Right now, though, I have to keep my options open because when I commit, it's final. I want to be known as a guy of my own. I like it a lot, but I'm keeping my options open.

"They're definitely a school that's a possibility," Collin said. "I really like it a lot right now."

Collin said he already has a great relationship with wide receivers coach Les Koenning, who played with Collin's father.

"I like him a lot," Collin said. "My dad played with him, actually. So I've got a really good bond with him and he relates to me well in our little team meeting we had today. I'm liking it. I'm liking him, I'm liking everything right now."

And, judging by the early offer, that interest is mutual. Collin excels at making plays down the field, often winning the battle vertically over multiple defenders to pull the ball in.

"I think my greatest asset is my ability to go catch the ball," Collin said. "It just comes naturally to me."

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