After camping with Tom Herman’s program several days ago on July 27 and heading home with an offer in hand, Columbus (Oh.) St. Francis De Sales defensive tackle Rodas Johnson named the Texas Longhorns in his top six on Monday.
Wisconsin, Penn State, Duke, Michigan, and Oklahoma each survived the cut as well.
Soon is now, it’s truly a blessing! pic.twitter.com/DDrm12r0HZ— Rodas Johnson (@onlyrodas10) August 7, 2018
21 other programs have extended scholarship invitations to the four-star interior presence as well, including Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and West Virginia.
Given how the 2019 class has played out, the news that Johnson has Texas as a top team is considerable. He’s one of just four defensive tackles with a Texas offer thus far, along with top-ranked Amite star Ismael Sopsher, elite Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis product Faatui Tuitele, and Converse Judson standout DeMarvin Leal, who’s currently committed to Texas A&M. Texas is still in touch with the later and is in the top groups for the former two, but the odds than any of that bunch ultimately end up in Austin is minimal.
With the defensive line being an area that can certainly afford to add some depth and Johnson being the most likely defensive tackle addition at this point, Texas overcoming some Big Ten presences in Johnson’s recruitment could prove to be a major win for the ‘Horns.
There’s good news and bad news to that end.
Every one of his Crystal Ball projections to this point have been placed for a Big Ten program, with Wisconsin being considered the favorite ahead of Penn State and Michigan.
On the other hand, though, Johnson’s is originally from Texas and his father still lives in Texas so thus, Johnson grew up as a Longhorns fan. Whether or not that will ultimately be enough to lure Johnson away from Big Ten country remains to be seen, but the Longhorns could take a significant step to that end by securing an official visit.
Thus far, he’s officially toured Wisconsin on June 15, which leaves four remaining official visits with five options to choose from. As is, Texas holds a pair of defensive end pledges in the form of T’Vondre Sweat and Peter Mpagi, but the ‘Horns are still seeking their first defensive tackle commit. On Monday, Texas took another step towards that goal with Johnson, the nation’s No. 298 player, No. 19 defensive tackle, per the 247Sports Composite.