Justin Johnson: Impressed with UT/OSU Game

Gilmer running back Justin Johnson was in Austin over the weekend for the showdown between Texas and Ohio State. Johnson is possibly the best junior running back that the state of Texas has to offer. He raved about his experience and the incredible atmosphere inside Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.

"It was exciting," Justin Johnson said. "A lot of people were there. I think it was the most attendance in the history of the stadium. It was amazing. I got to see a lot of people. I got to meet Emmitt Smith and take a picture with him. Being a running back, he is my idol. It was amazing."

Johnson hung out with a couple of members from last year's recruiting class while in Austin.

"I talked to Sergio Kindle and Eddie Jones from Kilgore," Johnson said. "I'm real close to both of those guys. I talked to them."

Kindle and Jones were the prize of the Longhorns' 2006 class. Both were five-star recruits and were ranked number one overall at their respective positions.

Johnson also talked to several members of the Longhorn coaching staff, including Duane Akina and running backs coach Ken Rucker.

"I talked to Coach Akina and Coach Rucker," Johnson said. "They asked how I was doing and about my grades."

Johnson came away very impressed with the university and the changes they have made in the last few months.

"I saw a lot of good things," Johnson said. "They have changed a lot of stuff. The inside of the facilities were amazing."

Since we last talked to Johnson, he has picked up a number of scholarship offers. He already has more offers than most seniors and many more are sure to follow.

"I have a couple of offers, but I haven't changed anything yet," Johnson said. "I have offers from Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss."

Johnson doesn't want to rush the recruiting process. He wants to make sure that his commitment is a solid one.

"It's not going to be a problem. I would consider it (committing early), but I don't want to make a decision and have to change it. I just want to take it safe and slow."

Gilmer High School is undefeated right now, thanks in large part to the performance of this great running back. In two games, Johnson has already compiled six touchdowns. He talked about his performance in the opening game of the season.

"We struggled early. We threw and interception on our first series," Johnson said. "About our third or forth series, they threw me a pass and I scored the first touchdown of the year. I ended up with three touchdowns thanks to the offensive line. After that, we all started clicking together. I've been a big success on our team so far this year.

Johnson has the chance to be something special on the next level. This kid could be the next great running back from the Lone Star State.

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