For Texas fans, Johnnie Johnson is the gift that keeps on giving.
A quarter-century after the former Longhorn All-American defensive back helped start the tradition of “DBU” at UT, his two boys – 2015 running back Kirk and 2016 wide receiver Collin – verbally committed to play for their father’s alma mater.
The two prospects out of San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian High had always held Texas in high regard after growing up fans of the Longhorns, but they played the recruiting game close to the vest until pledging to the burnt orange while on an unofficial visit to UT on Thursday.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Johnnie Johnson told the American-Statesman. “We’re blessed.”
The brothers came into the day planning to commit, and after a half hour of touring the UT facilities and talking more with Longhorn coaches they decided it was time to shut down their recruitment.
“We both decided Texas was our top school,” Collin said. “Every other school we went to it really wasn’t the same feel as here. It’s really like a family here.”
According to 247Sports Composite, Kirk Johnson is a three-star athlete ranked No. 57 in the state of California. The older of the two brothers, measuring 6 feet and 190 pounds, is expected to play either running back or safety in college.
Little brother Collin is a four-star receiver ranked as the 11th overall prospect in California and the No. 15 wide receiver in the country in the 2016 class – a group that won’t sign a binding letter of intent until February 2016. Collin is a sought-after prospect due to his strong fundamentals combined with his impressive 6-foot-4-inch frame.
Regardless of their decision, the two brothers wanted to commit somewhere this spring so they could return their focus to academics and the upcoming high school football season. But considering the ties to Texas, this battle was always the Longhorns’ to lose.
“It feels great to commit,” Kirk Johnson said. “Texas, from the first day I came here, it just felt like home.”
Sometimes the children of legends can get offers based on their last name alone, but Johnnie Johnson says that is certainly not the case in this situation.
“Texas really communicated that they wanted them. Not because their dad went there, but because they wanted them as players,” he said.
The two brothers chose Texas over offers from some of the top teams on the West coast, including USC, Arizona State and Cal Berkley.
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