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Monday, February 11, 2013
2014 DE impressed by Texas on visit

By Max Olson

Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes defensive end Jarrett Johnson had heard good things about Texas from his teammate, four-star lineman Caleb Benenoch.

Little did he know what he was in for when he visited Austin on Sunday for the Longhorns’ first junior day.

“It went great,” Johnson said Monday. “Texas had a very professional staff and atmosphere. It seemed like everyone wanted to accomplish something big. Coach Mack Brown brought me into his official and officially, face to face, offered me.”

That came as a bit of a surprise to the 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end with offers from Missouri and Northwestern, but one he was excited to receive.

After spending the day with Texas’ eight other 2014 commits, including fellow defensive end Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan), Johnson did admit he thought about leaving town committed to the Longhorns.

“That was pretty tempting,” he said. “They seem to have a good plan and already have good commits.”

Since the offers are only beginning to come in, though, Johnson believed it wouldn’t be fair to made a decision now that he might have to go back on later this year.

“I’ve talked about it with my mom and we’ve decided to take the process slow,” he said.

Texas has already offered five other ESPN Watch List defensive ends and also had coveted Coppell, Texas, lineman Solomon Thomas on campus Sunday.

Johnson said he’s in no hurry to be the next one to join Texas’ class, and the next junior day trip he’s looking to take will be to LSU.