- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
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AUSTIN, Texas - - Four-star athlete Daje Johnson (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.
Johnson (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) switched his commitment from TCU to the Longhorns on Saturday after taking an official visit to Texas. He is the No. 14 athlete and No. 141 player overall in the ESPNU 150.
Johnson, whose father, Clyde, was an all-conference defensive back for Kansas State, gives the Longhorns their sixth commitment from a skilled position player along with QB Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), QB Jalen Oversteet (Tatum, Texas/Tatum), WR Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin), WR Kendall Sanders (Athens, Texas/Athens) and WR Marcus Johnson (League City, Texas/Clear Springs).
He chose the Longhorns over offers from TCU, Cal, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
Scouts take: “Johnson could be one of the more underrated backs this class has to offer with his terrific blend of speed, agility and explosive second gear he is a homerun threat waiting to happen. He is slightly undersized as far as fulltime backs go, but has a muscular, wiry frame and his build could land him as a cornerback candidate as his skill set is tailor made for the position. If he were employed in the spread with a zone blocking scheme he can really give opposing teams problems. Reminds us a little of LaMichael James.”
Importance to class: The Longhorns didn’t have that jack-of-all-trades player in this class until Johnson came on board. You could argue Orlando Thomas and Jalen Overstreet, but neither of those players are as explosive as he is. He can play a multitude of different positions offensively and even follow in his father’s footsteps and go the defensive route if needed. The D.J. Monroe comparisons are just, but Johnson sees himself more comparable to Fozzy Whittaker.
How soon can he make an impact? Depends. He could have an impact in the return game right away if Texas chooses to use him in that fashion. Then again, the Longhorns could wait a season and use him once D.J. Monroe has exhausted his eligibility. Johnson wants to play right away and was said to have been Texas proved in 2011 that everyone has a shot at playing time.
Johnson on signing with Texas: “When February 1 comes, that will be another great moment,” Johnson said. “I’m signing, and I don’t have to get interrogated anymore.”