On Early Signing Day, the Texas Longhorns secured a signature from Pasadena (Calif.) Muir cornerback Jamier Johnson, who originally committed to the Longhorns back in July.
The 6’0, 170-pounder is a consensus four-star talent who with Texas over a list of other finalists such as Nebraska, USC, Ohio State, Arizona State, Colorado, and Oregon. Of that bunch, Oregon was considered a team to beat early on. However, the Ducks filled some spots at the cornerback position since Johnson announced his finalists in April, which likely helped the Horns to ultimately begin surging late.
As a junior, Johnson saw action in eight games, totaling 32 tackles, three tackles for loss, four interceptions, and one pass breakup. On the other side of the ball, Johnson rushed 16 times for 108 yards and added another 217 yards on 17 receptions.
Since Johnson was a playmaker on both sides of the ball and hauls from California, the easy comparison is Texas sophomore Spur Chris Adimora, who boasted a similar profile when he signed with the Longhorns as a member of the 2019 recruiting class.
If there’s a difference, it’s that Johnson needs to add more strength than Adimora did and projects as a more pure outside cornerback who has the length and athleticism needed to play in the press quarters scheme preferred by defensive coordinator Chris Ash. There aren’t any testing numbers on Johnson to determine his speed, but he has quick feet and moves easily on the field.
The worst-case scenario is that Johnson doesn’t stick at cornerback — if that’s the case, he flashes enough physicality to transition to safety.
Johnson ranks as the No. 264 player nationally and the No. 20 cornerback, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.