“My nephew was born with a gift. And it’s because of that gift that he is who he is on the football field. And that gift is the ability to turn his desire into reality. He has the focus and discipline to condition himself to achieve whatever he desires.” — Marcus Rax
One of the state’s most talented quarterbacks from the 2019 class — Roschon Johnson — is now starring in a docu-series highlighting his life and high school football career released on Youtube. The short film was directed by his uncle, Marcus Rax and Jessie Romar and takes a journey through the early enrollee’s most notable high school achievements and highlight plays, while also providing one-on-one interviews with Johnson and both of his parents.
Johnson started his football journey at around seven years old when he first started playing tackle football. Growing up as the youngest sibling in the family during his flag football days, he’d admire putting on the pads whenever he watched his older brothers play tackle football.
At around 10 years old, Johnson changed positions, moving from running back to quarterback — he felt as if he could make his biggest impact there given the opportunity to have control of the offense.
His family started to recognize how special he was when the coaches would put him at different positions to help his teams. In fact, that’s when Roschon started to realize his own potential, too, which helped him develop a strong work ethic for the game at a young age.
Johnson’s brother, Jeremiah Rose, said of his sibling’s talent ability, “I first realized he was going to be really good when he started playing quarterback. Just seeing how dedicated he was to practicing and throwing the football every single day.”
Unlike most high school students, Johnson spent the summer before his senior season in the classroom finishing up some credits so he could graduate by December and enroll early at Texas. His weekly offseason summer schedule from Monday through Thursday consisted of early morning workouts, summer classes, team workouts in the afternoon, and throwing practice in the evening.
“He wakes up really early in the morning and will go to the field at least three times a day if necessary,” his parents said. “He will not miss a day, no matter what’s going on. He’ll make time to make sure he gets out on the field, gets his throws in, and gets better.”
Johnson credited his father for instilling competitiveness and faithfulness into him.
“My competitive drive comes from my dad. He really instilled in me as a father figure. He mentally influenced me and instilled my drive to dominate in whatever I do — on the field or in the classroom. I stay grounded basically in my faith. My dad really instilled that into me. Being a devoted Christian teaches me to stay humble no matter what. The awards, the accolades, all of that can be taken away in seconds.”
The combination of talent, humility, and hard work earned Johnson plenty of attention after his breakout sophomore campaign. Texas A&M offered days after his season ended after three playoff games, with Florida, Houston, Oklahoma, Texas, and Penn State following over the next two months. By the end of May, he’d also landed offers from Tennessee, Oregon, and Ohio State.
Before his junior season began, he’d already settled on his decision — Johnson committed to head coach Tom Herman and his staff during a summer recruiting event.
“I choose to come to Texas because the culture that is there right now. Coach Herman and his staff, the way that they’re bringing up the guys together and corralling the team together,” Johnson said. “You look at the team now and the wins that they’ve had. I felt like I’d be a fool to not be apart of that.”
In the end, it’s not all about football for Johnson, though — his ultimate goal is to have an influence on his community.
“Coming up from Port Arthur, Texas, there’s not a lot of successful people,” Johnson said. “I feel like if I can influence somebody else and set an example for them, anything is possible if you dedicate yourself and work hard for it. My main goal is to impact the younger kids around me and be a role model for them.”
So no matter what happens on the football field for Johnson at Texas, he’s already on track to make a difference in his community and beyond.
“Once he learns how to apply this gift to everything he does in life, he has the potential to be something bigger than anybody can ever expect,” Rax said. “And at that moment he will realize that he’s not lucky to have football, but that football is lucky to have him.”
At 6’1, 192 pounds, Johnson was ranked as the nation’s No. 214 prospect, the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, and as the No. 28 player in the state, per the 247Sports Composite rankings for his class after playing his high school football at Port Neches-Groves (Divison 5A-2).
As a starting varsity quarterback at Port Neches-Grove, the dual-threat signal caller eclipsed 7,700 career passing yards and 4,900 career rushing yards while amassing 170 total touchdowns over his three-year career (85 passing and 85 rushing).
Johnson became the first of the #fUTure19 group to commit to the Longhorns when he made his verbal pledge to Texas back in the summer of 2017. The elite quarterback remained loyal ever since and played a big role in recruiting others for the 2019 class, speaking to his leadership traits as a quarterback.
Following an incredible senior season and a third-round playoff loss, Johnson competed with and against the nation’s top recruits at the 2019 Under Armour All-American Game. He earned the starting nod at quarterback for Team Flash and down the stretch, it was Johnson seeing all the snaps at quarterback.
Johnson signed his letter of intent to the University of Texas on Dec. 19 and is already enrolled on campus.
The gifted dual-threat quarterback now awaits his time at quarterback in burnt orange and white. He’ll enter spring practice as the third-string quarterback behind returning starter Sam Ehlinger and redshirt freshman Casey Thompson.