Stud RB could be the prize of the 2008 class

Gilmer running back Justin Johnson has the talent to be top player in the nation for the class of 2008. A fearless runner with superb vision, Johnson ran over the competition as a sophomore and sent his stock soaring through the roof. Many of the elite football programs would love nothing more than to see this kid wearing their uniform in two years.

"I have a couple of schools that I am interested in right now," Justin Johnson said. "Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, Florida, Texas A&M, Iowa State and I still have a lot more.

Out of all of these schools does Johnson have an overall leader?

"I really don't have one right now on the top of my tongue," Johnson said. "I have a couple right now, but I am struggling to put together my top list. I don't know. I really don't have one right now."

Johnson hasn't received any scholarship offers as of yet but did attend summer camps at both Oklahoma and Texas.

"I am just going to be a junior so schools aren't able to send me anything through the mail until September 1st," Johnson said. "But I've been visiting Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Texas. So I'm real familiar with those schools"

The 6-foot-2, 205 pound Johnson earned Sophomore of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors for his performance last year. He rushed for over 900 yards and scored eight touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. From his outside linebacker position, Johnson recorded 36 tackles along with 12 assists. Due to his athleticism, he could end up seeing playing time at both positions on the next level.

"It doesn't matter where I play really. I'm pretty athletic and I can play any where the coaches put me," Johnson said. "On defense, I think I play the field real well from my outside linebacker position. At running back, I really have good eye vision. I'm not the kind of back that looks to run over people but I do have good ability to run over people and see the field."

Curtis Brown, Johnson's high school teammate at Gilmer, committed to the Texas Longhorns back in March. Brown is ranked as the nation's No. 3 cornerback prospect for the class of 2007. Johnson talked about his relationship with Brown on and off the field.

"Me and Curtis are real close. We like the game of football. We grew up together. We sometimes don't see eye to eye. But when its time for the game, me and him are real good out there," Johnson said.

Could Brown's commitment to the Longhorns possibly sway Johnson towards Austin?

"In a way it will because I want to go to a college where I know people. So it probably would," Johnson said.

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