As the Texas Longhorns continue to search for the program’s first defensive tackle pledge in the 2019 recruiting class, Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis De Sales standout Rodas Johnson is now on the staff’s recruiting radar.
According to a report from The Football Brainiacs, Johnson could visit Austin this week. If Johnson does end up visiting the Forty Acres, he would likely be in line to receive an offer.
A two-way player at St. Francis De Sales, Johnson is ranked as a defensive tackle. In fact, he’s a consensus four-star prospect ranked among the top 20 defensive tackles in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Johnson currently holds over 25 offers, with Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin making up his top three schools. The Badgers received an official visit from the 6’3, 285-pounder back in June, so Johnson still has four official visits remaining if he makes it to Austin this week and decides to take a return trip in the future.
Since Johnson is from Texas, according to the Brainiacs, Texas already has a tie to the Johnson family that could help the Horns seriously contend in this recruitment.
Of course, that’s speculating about developments well down the road at this point, but it’s worth keeping an eye on Johnson and seeing if he does make it to campus and pick up an offer in the coming days.
Wisconsin is the current leader in Johnson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. Penn State and Michigan also hold picks, with the most recent projections all cast for Wisconsin following Johnson’s official visit.
While the staff continues to recruit Texas A&M pledge DeMarvin Leal and target uncommitted Taurean Carter (technically considered a strong-side defensive end), as well as a long shot like Faatui Tuitele, there are only three defensive tackles who hold offers from the Longhorns. So adding another name to that list would make sense.