Texas quarterback commit Roschon Johnson was at the Orange-White game. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise)

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2019 stars Roschon Johnson, Arjei Henderson talk Texas recruiting in Orlando

Posted January 3rd, 2018

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Texas’ lone 2019 commit is locked in

ORLANDO — Texas quarterback commit Roschon Johnson arrived in Orlando and immediately went to work recruiting future Longhorns. He’s in town for the Under Armour Future 50 Camp, a collection of the top players in the 2019 class competing in drills and team events the morning of the Under Armour All-America Game.

Johnson is Texas’ lone commit for 2019.

He met with the media Wednesday afternoon and chuckled at the opening question: Which schools are you considering? Not all the juniors are household faces yet, and Johnson answered in kind.

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“I’m straight Texas,” Johnson said. “There was major improvement from the last couple of years by just making a bowl game and winning it.”

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Quarterback Roshon Johnson, Texas’ lone commitment for 2019, reiterated his pledge to the Longhorns on Wednesday. Mike Craven/Austin American-Statesman

Johnson doesn’t plan on being the only 2019 commitment for long. The Longhorns signed 19 players during the early signing period and will wrap up the 2018 class on Feb. 7. The focus will then shift to 2019, and with a quarterback in tow, Texas already has a leader for the group.

“I do feel like it is up to me to let some of these guys know what Texas is about,” he said. “Tom Herman is the type of coach you want to play for. I don’t know why a Texas guy wouldn’t want to play for their home state. I want to represent my state. It feels like home.”

Johnson mentioned recruiting guys like Arjei Henderson, Jordan Whittington and Theo Wease Jr. while in Orlando.

A Red River rivalry brewing for Arjei Henderson

The top receiver in Texas for 2019 is arguably Arjei Henderson, a junior from Fort Bend Travis. The 5-star holds offers from nearly 50 programs and the recruiting process has already become a roller-coaster for the 6-foot-1 talent. He committed and de-committed from Oregon, and now lists Texas and Oklahoma as his top two.

“It is definitely a long and hard process. It can be a lot of pressure sometimes and it is a tough decision for a teenager,” Henderson said. “It’s a blessing to be in this position, but you need to weigh the pros and cons at each school.”

Henderson is already getting worked by Johnson, who shared a plane with him on the way to Orlando for the Under Armour Future 50 Camp. The 2018 commitments in attendance for the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday are also in his ear.

Henderson plans to wait until February of his senior year to announce his decision, but he did allow room to change his mind before then if a school convinced him to shut down the recruiting process.

Could 2018 recruiting success become a 2019 negative?

Texas signed six of the best defensive backs in the country during the early signing period, loading up in the secondary for a pass-heavy Big 12. It was unprecedented success as the Longhorns reeled in the top 3 cornerbacks and safeties in the state. For a player like 2019 cornerback Erik Young, that isn’t a good thing.

“If you’re a cornerback, it is a tough position to walk into because Texas just loaded up in the secondary,” Young said. “It’s probably smarter to look at a school with less competition on the depth chart. We all want to get on the field.

Young, from Fort Bend Bush, is a 4-star talent with offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia and others. He does not hold a Texas offer.

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