Elite Independence C.C. (Kan.) weak-side defensive end Jermaine Johnson II is closing in on a decision.
On Sunday, the coveted JUCO product and key Texas Longhorns target noted on Twitter that his recruitment will be coming to an end “very soon.”
I will be making my commitment very soon...⏳— Jermaine Johnson II (@ii_jermaine) July 8, 2018
This news seemingly gives the Longhorns limited time to make up ground for the nation’s No. 5 JUCO prospect.
Along with Texas, Johnson is considering programs such as Georgia, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Oregon, and Colorado. Johnson named the Bulldogs as his leader following a May unofficial visit, and in the weeks since, he's unofficially visited Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, and Texas A&M, in addition to official visits to Colorado, and Oregon. Johnson’s visit to the Forty Acres came on June 15 for the Longhorns Heat Wave pool party.
Despite reports of the visit going well, it did little to alter the expectations for where Johnson will ultimately land, as his Crystal Ball still heavily favors Georgia.
As is, Texas holds a pledge from three-star Richmond George Ranch product Peter Mpagi, but should Johnson side with Georgia as expected, the Longhorns only remaining weak-side defensive end target at this point appears to be Katy Seven Lakes talent David Ugwoegbu.
It’s unclear just how soon Johnson is aiming to announce his commitment, the time is running out for Texas to take control of pole position for the experienced edge rusher. Getting Johnson back to campus on an official basis in the very near future will be essential.