The Texas Longhorns are now pursuing a top-150 prospect in the 2021 recruiting cycle after extending an offer to a fast-rising ball carrier.
After attending SFA’s mega satellite camp #bEASTtexas showcase this past Saturday, where the the Texas coaching staff was present, Houston Cy-Fair running back LJ Johnson received an offer from the Longhorns on Monday evening, he announced on Twitter.
The Cy-Fair rusher has been a hot commodity since the spring began, notching his first opportunity to play at the next level in late March. Since then, Johnson has amassed 10-plus offers from an elite group of programs like Arizona, Arkansas, Duke, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and TCU. This list of school’s will surely grow with two more seasons to look forward to.
Johnson is coming off a breakout sophomore season when he rushed for 1,139 yards on nearly seven yards per carry and reached the end zone 23 times. He displayed his incredible athleticism at the Houston regional opening, posting a blazing 4.42 40-yard dash and a swift 4.26 20-yard shuttle.
Tom Herman and his staff have now offered three running backs in next year’s recruiting class, with the top-ranked running back Camar Wheaton and Georgia-product Phil Mafah being the other targets.
Expect Johnson to make some visits to the Forty Acres sometime this summer and over the course of next season.
At 5’10, 204 pounds, Johnson is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 116 prospect and No. 7 running back in the 2021 cycle, per 247Sports.