Signing day update: WR Marcus Johnson

February, 1, 2012
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Wide receiver Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas/Clear Springs) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.

Johnson (6-foot-1, 177 pounds) is a three-star recruit rated as the No. 83 receiver and No. 91 among in-state prospects by ESPNU.

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Davide De Pas for ESPN.comMarcus Johnson had 12 touchdowns during his senior season at Clear Springs.
He has been committed to the Longhorns since Dec. 4, 2011, and chose Texas after decommitting from Texas Tech and then Texas A&M. He also had offers from Baylor, Arizona, Kansas, Northwestern, West Virginia and Wake Forest, among others.

Johnson is one of three receivers in this recruiting class along with Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) and Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas/Athens).

As a senior, Johnson caught 66 passes for 1,310 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran for 387 yards and a touchdown and returned two kicks for scores.

Scouts take: Johnson is a pretty savvy receiver that can be very difficult to gauge for DBs due to his size and deceptive speed, quickness and sneaky second gear. He has good size and is a good-looking athlete. Has quick feet and coordinated body control. Comes off the ball at about 3/4 speed and will lull defenders to sleep and then show impressive burst and acceleration especially on vertical routes.

Importance to class: It never hurts to take in a speedster and find a way to get him the ball. Marquise Goodwin and D.J. Monroe won’t be in Austin forever, and Johnson reportedly has legit 4.5 40-time speed. He could develop into a weapon on the inside or the outside at receiver.

How soon he can make an impact? Texas has experienced starter coming back in Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis and might also get Goodwin back, depending on his Olympic plans. Their backups other than Darius White are returning, too, so Johnson will have battle for snaps when fall ball begins.

Quote: “I think he’s the best receiver in the state of Texas. He’s a great athlete, a great kid and better kid than player. I guarantee he’s only going to be in news for positive things. He’s a really hard worker and I won’t bet against him. He’s hungry and very humble, and he can run.” -- Clear Springs coach Clint Hartman

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