Just days after helping lead the Texas Longhorns to their first New Year’s Six Bowl win in a 28-21 Sugar Bowl victory over the Georgia Bulldogs, junior wide receiver Collin Johnson announced on Thursday that he will return to Texas for his senior season.
In his evaluation process, Johnson received a “return to school” recommendation from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, meaning he was projected to be drafted in the third round or later.
Prior to the Sugar Bowl, Johnson addressed the evaluations and would make his decision following the Sugar Bowl, but gave no indication where he was leaning. He wasted little time making the announcement and gave Longhorns fans yet another reason to be excited for the 2019 campaign.
Johnson now has the opportunity to build upon an already impressive career in burnt orange, as he is already one of the most productive receivers in school history.
In his three seasons at Texas, Johnson amassed 150 receptions and 2,245 yards, both good enough to be No. 9 all-time in their respective categories. For the 2018 season, he and Lil’Jordan Humphrey combined for 2,161 yards to finish with the second-highest yardage total in a single season, 22 yards shy of Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley’s 2008 season.
Johnson finished his junior year as Texas’ second-leading receiver with 68 receptions for 985 yards and seven touchdowns. If he manages to turn in a similar performance in 2019, he will find his name next to Roy Williams and Jordan Shipley atop the school’s best receiving careers.
Texas fans now await the decision of Humphrey, who according to reports received a similar evaluation to Johnson prior to the Sugar Bowl. If both receivers make the decision to return, the Longhorns could potentially boast the most dangerous offense in the Big 12.