The Texas Longhorns picked up their fifth commitment in four days on Sundayafternoon when Georgia Prep wide receiver Gilbert Johnson became the final member of the so-called "Florida 5" to pledge to head coach Charlie Strong and his program:
Im officially commiting to the university of Texas #HookEm— Gilbert Puerto'Rico (@Johnson__3) January 4, 2015
5 for 5! #LetsRide— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) January 4, 2015
The announcement hardly came as a surprise, as one of the Saturday pledges, Miami (Fla.) Westminster athlete Tim Irvin, said after the US Army All-American Bowl that the big wide receiver had recently told him that he was going to join the 2015 Texas class along with the rest of his friends.
However, Irvin wasn't sure when Johnson would officially join the class, but the decision to announce on Sunday was likely orchestrated by Strong to continue the recruiting momentum that has grown quickly over the last several weeks.
Linebacker Cecil Cherry was the first of the group to commit back in December, then was joined by cornerback Davante Davis on January 1. Then Irvin and Devonaire Clarington committed during Saturday's Army Bowl.
The 6'2, 190-pound Johnson is from the Miami area, but spent the 2014 season at Georgia Prep after he was academically ineligible to make it into Georgia, the school he signed with out of high school.
Ranked as the No. 7 prep player nationally, the No. 2 prep wide receiver, and the No. 1 prep player in the state of Georgia, Johnson is a consensus high three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. For more perspective on his rankings, he was the No. 103 wide receiver out of high school and the No. 112 player in the state of Florida.
His only other offer was from Kansas.
Johnson is a big-bodied receiver who is at his best in the red zone, where he used his height, length, and solid leaping ability to go up over opposing defensive backs. If he can translate that skill from high school to college, he could see some early playing time and help convert red zone opportunities into touchdowns.
There's also some ability as a blocker that could help Johnson replace departed wide receiver John Harris if John Burt end up flipping to Auburn, which remains a distinct possibility.
The next wide receivers coach at Texas will have some work to do with Johnson to help him refine his route-running skills. Otherwise, it could be hard for him to separate in college because he doesn't have elite speed for his size, though he is a good athlete overall.
With the addition of Johnson, Texas now has 27 pledges in the 2015 class, including potential grayshirt Matthew Merrick, and can take 30 or 31 prospects overall. The class ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 prior to Johnson's pledge.