The Texas Longhorns held their second Junior Day in consecutive weeks on Saturday and while the second event did not produce any commitments, there were several offers extended.
All but one of those offers were made to members of the 2016 class, as recruiting has already begun with that group even in advance of the spring evaluation period that will produce a flurry of offers for the group.
California brothers could join class soon
Two offers went out on Saturday to prospects who could end up joining the 2015 and 2016 classes in the near future, according to ESPN's Max Olson, who reports that the brothers want to sit down with their family to discuss the offers from their father's alma mater.
Texas legend Johnnie Johnson with sons Kirk and Collin, both offered by the Longhorns today pic.twitter.com/s8W7vRt0Su— Max Olson (@max_olson) March 2, 2014
Kirk and Collin Johnson are sons of Longhorn legend Johnnie Johnson, who was a unanimous All-American twice while at Texas before going on to spend 10 seasons in the NFL.
The elder brother, Kirk, plays running back for San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian and is rated as a consensus three-star prospect with some division in the industry about him. 247Sports has the 6'0, 191-pounder as a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 16 running back. The offer from Texas is his first and there are some questions about whether or not he projects well at running back at the next level.
SB Nation Recruiting's California expert shared his thoughts on the elder Johnson early last week:
@SBN_Wescott More of a big athlete than pure. RB. Needs downhill scheme. More explosive when he gets vertical. Doesn't have great hip swivel— YouthSportsSanDiego (@yssd) February 25, 2014
@SBN_Wescott Needs to improve pad level, lat agility, & forward lean. Can't chop his feet & use COD once he gets his momentum going— YouthSportsSanDiego (@yssd) February 25, 2014
So, is it better to consider Johnson an athlete who could end up at safety, then? He's actually tested pretty well at a Nike event compared to what his speed looks like on film -- a 4.64 40, a 4.26 shuttle, and a 33.9-inch vertical, all solid numbers that are good enough to play safety at a productive level as long as he can brings a couple of other skills to the table.
If the staff does like him as a running back, the choice would be over in-state options like McKinney North's Ronald Jones II, who may end up being the best back in a loaded class. There certainly seems to be some risk there with Johnson based on the evaluation above, one which I happen to agree with.
[Edit: Mr. Johnson reached out to me with more up-to-date testing numbers for Kirk -- 4.47 40 at the Army Combine and a 36.5-inch vertical leap, along with 10.6 100m. Combining that with the fact that Kirk was banged up for all of last season has caused me to re-assess my evaluation of him. More thoughts tomorrow based on his 2012 highlights and some notes from talking with his father, but suffice it to say that changes my mind about him being able to be a productive running back in college. -- Wescott]
Younger brother Collin is a wide receiver in the 2016 class. The 6'4, 180-pounder is unranked along with the rest of his class, but picked up his first offer before his older brother when California offered on Thursday.
There's not a lot of sophomore film on Johnson, as most of his clips are of him blocking, but his sophomore film does begin with a a pretty spectacular, reaching grab on a fade route on which the defensive back beat the Valley Christian wide receiver to the spot, but Johnson simply went up and got the ball first. Right now, the only thing that's apparent about the younger Johnson is that he can be effective in the red zone.
Star 2016 defensive tackle receives offer
Killeen Shoemaker defensive tackle Kendell Jones is only a sophomore in high school, but he already looks like a college athlete at 6'4 and 295 pounds chiseled pounds. It's the first offer for Jones, who is extremely raw with his technique and pad level, but can flash a good swim move and is both quick off the ball and really strong. He may well end up being the top defensive tackle target in the state for the Horns in 2016.
DT Kendell Jones checked in at 6-4 1/2 and 320 pounds. And he's just a sophomore in 2016 class pic.twitter.com/YYRpjlcTHP— Max Olson (@max_olson) March 1, 2014
Another 2016 offer out
The Longhorns also extended an offer to 2016 Sachse cornerback Jared Mayden, which appears to be his first offer. Mayden is a 6'0, 185-pounder who apparently knows Marquise Goodwin and his family, a fact that may have helped prompt Crystal Ball predictions for Texas from Jeff Howe and Blake Munroe of Horns247.
One big target didn't make it to campus, as Cedar Hill wide receiver Damarkus Lodge tweeted on Saturday morning that he would not be in attendance at the Junior Day in Austin. The priority with Lodge now is to get him on campus at some point before the spring game, preferably for a spring practice.
Ennis defensive end James Lockhart was most likely not in attendance either. As with Lodge, getting the consensus four-star prospect on campus is a necessity.
There was also this interesting news:
Boerne QB Quinten Dormady says Texas, Tennessee showing most interest right now. No offer today. He'll throw for Watson this spring.— Max Olson (@max_olson) March 1, 2014
The thought has been that Texas would take two quarterbacks in this class after only taking one in each of the last three classes. However, taking only one quarterback doesn't mean that the Horns won't take an athlete at the position like JW Ketchum.
Mesquite Horn offensive tackle Conner Dyer was a candidate to receive an offer on Saturday, but did not.
Katy defensive tackle Derek Brown:
George Ranch defensive lineman Kingsley KeKe:
Texas junior day going good lol pic.twitter.com/3qf4WUNMAb— Kingsley (@BucketsAll_Day) March 1, 2014
Got a chance to meet Coach Strong! pic.twitter.com/kWEmlWKTE7— Kingsley (@BucketsAll_Day) March 1, 2014
Kingwood Park quarterback Jaylon Henderson:
Me and coach strong pic.twitter.com/sET8ctwNmH— Jaylon Henderson (@ThatBoyJaylon) March 1, 2014
UT was fantastic, the new coaching staff knows what they're doing and I believe that UT is on the rise!— Jaylon Henderson (@ThatBoyJaylon) March 1, 2014