Tom Herman’s staff can check yet another box off of their 2020 recruiting wishlist, as the Texas Longhorns finally have a wide receiver on the board with the addition of Temple product Quentin Johnston.
Oklahoma and Baylor were each previous options, as well, though Johnston’s recruiting ultimately became a head-to-head battle between Texas and TCU.
The Horned Frogs were the only program to host Johnston for an official visit, and he told BON that TCU offered the small, homey feel he’s used to being from Temple.
However, Texas, too, provided Johnston with that “homey” feeling he sought after; a level of comfort likely established after he visited the Horns more than any other program pushing for his services. Johnston’s most recent trip to Austin took place just weeks ago in late July for the Longhorns’ Heat Wave event, where he flashed his tremendous leaping ability en route to taking home first-place in the dunk contest.
But beyond any athletic feats and exciting recruiting experiences, Johnston previously told Burnt Orange Nation that his education would be the top priority when picking a school. So unsurprisingly, Texas simply offering the McCombs School of Business was key to securing his commitment, as he confirmed to The Football Brainiacs.
“First of all great business school. I am a student first after all,” he told TFB. “As far as the football part of it, the first day I got there the coaches were ecstatic to see me. The energy overall from the players, coaches, the staff, and just everybody was very electric. It felt like home. It felt like they knew me already and it was the first time I went there… I went back there four times and it felt like I was home, so that was a big part for me.”
A three-sport athlete who also excels on the hardwood and on the track, Johnston is currently regarded as a top 70 prospect nationally and as the No. 13 wide receiver, per the 247Sports Composite. In Texas, specifically, only Rockwall product and Ohio State pledge Jaxson Smith-Njigba (No. 10) and Tomball star and Texas A&M commit Demond Demas (No. 2) rank higher at the position.
The 6’4, 180-pound pass-catcher becomes just the latest Temple product to join Tom Herman’s program, following in the footsteps of Ta’Quon Graham and Jared Wiley.
In doing so, Johnston marks Texas’ third pledge of the week and he now becomes the 17th piece of a 2020 class that ranks No. 1 in the Big 12.