On Tuesday, Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis De Sales defensive tackle Rodas Johnson committed to the Wisconsin Badgers:
At one point, it looked as if the Texas Longhorns might emerge as a contender for the Texas native, who received his offer from head coach Tom Herman and his staff in late July when he visited Austin for a summer camp.
On the strength of that visit, Johnson named the Horns among his top six schools in early August, but after that point, the 6’3, 285-pounder faded from the recruiting radar.
So it was hardly a surprise to see that Johnson pledged the Wisconsin, as the Badgers were long considered the favorite in his recruitment after hosting him for an official visit in June.
Texas has been selective targeting defensive tackles in this cycle — Johnson is one of only four prospects with an offer. Hawaiian Faatui Tuitele and Louisianan Ishmael Sophser are the two uncommitted prospects, but the Longhorns aren’t considered a serious contender for either, though Tuitele has been on campus. The fourth recruit with an offer, Converse Judson’s DeMarvin Leal, committed to Texas A&M in the spring. Texas continues to recruit Leal, but needs to get him on campus again to have any hope of flipping him.