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Key Texas WDE target Jermaine Johnson commits to Georgia

The nation’s top-ranked JUCO prospect sided with Georgia over Texas, Oklahoma, and others.

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Yet another key Texas Longhorns target is headed to the Peach State.

Just days after four-star wide receiver Makiya Tongue and four-star inside linebacker Rian Davis each announced their commitments to the Georgia Bulldogs, elite Independence (Kan.) C.C. weak-side defensive end Jermaine Johnson did the same and sided with Kirby Smart’s program, he announced on Twitter.

A four-star prospect ranked as the No. 1 overall player among the JUCO ranks, Johnson was among the Longhorns top remaining defensive targets, although the signs certainly pointed to Georgia as of late.

Prior to Johnson’s June 16 unofficial visit to the Forty Acres, each of his Crystal Ball projections favored the Dawgs, and in the several weeks since, nine others picked Georgia as well. In short, Johnson’s recruitment throughout the summer seemed to more of a when, not if, and that become more of a reality following a trip to Athens over the weekend.

With Johnson off the board, the Longhorns will need to look beyond their current offers if the staff hopes to add another weak-side defensive end to join three-star Richmond George Ranch product Peter Mpagi this cycle.

As far as the Longhorns defensive end recruiting efforts are concerned, Texas is still heavily involved with three-star Mansfield Legacy strong-side defensive end Taurean Carter, who appears to be the most likely addition to the defensive line this cycle.

Texas may also make a stronger push for Katy Seven Lakes standout David Ugwoegbu and Johnson’s Independence C.C. teammate, Kuony Deng.