Another Johnson in the house?

There's no question speed runs in Derrick Johnson's family. His mother used to run for UCLA. He obviously has wheels, but his brother Brandon is arguably the fastest Johnson to come down the family tree. And the 5-9, 150-pounder from West Orange (Texas) Stark just visited Washington this weekend for a couple of different reasons. One of the main ones was to determine his interest in running for the Huskies.

"I just got back from Washington this past weekend," Brandon told Tuesday night. "I was there from Friday to Sunday. It was Derrick's 21st birthday too, so it was fun hanging with him. I got to check out the school and see the track program. I met the track coach, Coach Dion (Miller). And I really like their indoor track (Dempsey). It's one of the better ones I've seen."

So what did Derrick have to say to Brandon about life in Seattle? "Well, he told me that he loves it up there and that it's the place to be," he said. "He seemed to be really sure I would like it." Brandon also spoke with new co-Defensive Coordinator Phil Snow. "I didn't get a chance to talk to Coach Neuheisel because he was out of town, but Coach Snow told me a little bit about the defense and how I could help them if I decided I wanted to play a little football too."

The Huskies have offered Johnson a full scholarship to run track. "I went to Montana the week before," Brandon said. "Coach (Bobby) Hauck has offered me a full scholarship to play football there. I don't really know if I want to play football all that much but that trip really got me thinking about it. But I know in my heart that I want to run track. Derrick is a football player that uses track as conditioning. I'm more of a track man."

Houstin, Morris Brown and McNeese State have also offered Brandon scholarships to run track. "This year I'll probably just focus on the sprints and relays, but last year I did hurdles," he said. Johnson's PR in the 300 hurdles is an electronically-timed 37.3, and he ran a 10.41 at this past summer's regional Junior Olympics. He ended up with the third fastest 100 meter Junior Olympic time in the country and was the youngest competitor in the finals.

At this point, Johnson is weighing options. "I'm about 90 percent sure I'm going to run track at Washington," he said. "There are still some things I'm looking at and I know Coach Hauck wants to know what my decision is going to be soon. Signing day for track is in April, April 15th I believe. I'll probably make my final decision in March. My Auntie wants me to stay close to home, but my mom loves U-Dub. I know there's going to be a little battle there." (laughs)

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