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Johnson among next stars from Dallas

These area stars could be the next players to return and star in the Red River Rivalry

Updated: October 5, 2011, 11:34 AM ET
By William Wilkerson | HornsNation
AUSTIN, Texas -- When it comes to football talent at the high school level, perhaps no area in Texas has more than Dallas and its immediate surroundings.
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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comLonghorn commit Thomas Johnson could find his way into the receiver rotation next year.
Texas and Oklahoma are two programs that heavily recruit that area, and they bring a bargaining chip, since those players can return home once a year to play in the Cotton Bowl.

Both sides will showcase several Dallas-area players at the Red River Rivalry on Oct. 8. Here are five players who could play a key role for the Longhorns in future clashes with the Sooners:

Thomas Johnson (Dallas/Skyline)
Class of 2012 | WR
Offer: Texas commitment
Chances of playing in Red River Rivalry: Strong
Potential rivalry impact:
The Longhorns will have plenty of depth at receiver next season, but don't be surprised if Johnson adds to it and works his way into the rotation as a freshman. He could become that big-play threat that former Skyline teammate Mike Davis has become for Texas.

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