Justin Johnson: Expecting Texas Offer

It's no secret that Gilmer running back Justin Johnson is one of the top prospects in the Lone Star State from the class of 2008. He already has eight scholarship offers under his belt and expects another in the near future. Johnson has been invited and will attend two junior days next month.

"I've been invited to Texas and Oklahoma's junior days," Justin Johnson said. "I only know the date on the Oklahoma one right now. I think Texas changed theirs, but Oklahoma's is on February 3rd."

Most people believe that Johnson is a virtual lock for either one of these schools. He was very impressed with the fans from on both sides at the Red River Shootout in Dallas. Johnson talked about what each program brings to the table.

"For Texas, it's a big city. They have nice facilities and great coaches. Their academic program is nice too," Johnson said.

"The same thing with Oklahoma," Johnson said. "They have nice academics as well. Their coaches are good, and they have pretty nice facilities too."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Johnson has already reeled in eight scholarship offers early in the recruiting process.

"I have offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Baylor, Texas A&M and Kansas. I think that is about it right now," Johnson said.

Johnson already has a pretty nice list of schools to choose from. He ran down a list of his top five schools at this point in time.

"I kind of have a top five; Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Notre Dame," Johnson said. "That is kind of where I am leaning towards right now with my top five."

Texas was mysteriously absent from Johnson's top five. Where do the Longhorns stand in Johnson's eyes?

"I haven't received an offer from them, but that is the school that I am kind of leaning towards right now," Johnson said about Texas. "I just haven't received an offer from them yet."

Johnson's high school teammates, G.J. Kinne and Curtis Brown, have already committed to play their college ball at the University of Texas. Johnson talked about the chances that he and offensive guard David Snow would follow in them to Austin.

"Me and David Snow have talked about that because David Snow likes Texas. We want to end up at the same school and keep playing together," Johnson said.

Johnson put up some eye-popping numbers running the football at Gilmer this year. He carried the ball 76 times for 1100 yards and 26 touchdowns on his way to earning first team all-state honors.


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