- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
High three-star defensive end Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, Texas/Manvel) looks at this weekend as a recruiting audition for those schools yet to put their names in the running for the Johnson sweepstakes.
Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound end, will lead Manvel into the Texas Class 4A Division II state championship game Saturday against Aledo (Texas) and five-star running back and Texas signee Johnathan Gray. Manvel's defense, respectable in that it has pitched three shutouts and held six of its 15 opponents to 10 points or fewer, will face the nation's top-ranked running back in Gray, who has rushed for 3,650 yards and 64 touchdowns.
"We all understand it's a tall task, but we know J. Gray isn't unstoppable," Johnson said. "I know for me, this definitely is an opportunity to prove myself to people who have questions about me.