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Commitment 101: Texas adds bookend offensive tackle in Tyler Johnson

Posted May 25th, 2018

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The Longhorns landed its bookend offensive tackle for the 2019 cycle when Conroe Oak Ridge prospect Tyler Johnson pledged to Texas over rivals like Texas A&M and Oklahoma. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound 4-star is ranked No. 15 on the initial 2019 Fabulous 55. Johnson is the seventh prospect in the 2019 class to commit to Texas. He is the fourth member of the Fabulous 55 to choose the Longhorns.

Conroe Oak Ridge offensive tackle Tyler Johnson picked the Longhorns.

Texas earned the attention of Johnson early in his recruitment. The Longhorns spent substantial amount of time at Oak Ridge High School recruiting 2018 signee Joseph Ossai. Tom Herman and his staff used those visits to forge a lasting relationship with Johnson.

“It is a family atmosphere and the coaches have always treated me as one of their players,” Johnson said back in February after Ossai signed with the Longhorns on national signing day. “(Ossai) and I talk a lot about recruiting and what is important and who is genuine. Texas checked all the boxes for me and my family.”

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Johnson is the second-ranked offensive tackle on the Fabulous 55, trailing only Kenyon Green of Humble Atascocita, who also holds a Texas offer. Johnson is the No. 31-ranked prospect in the nation and the sixth-best offensive tackle in the class, per 247Sports Composite.

Skill set: Johnson possesses an NFL frame and the athleticism to become a dominant force and an anchor at left tackle. He’s surprisingly quick for a player his size and does a good job staying balanced against edge rushers. Johnson possesses quick hands and good footwork for a prep prospect. He was a first-team all-district selection as a junior after earning second-team honors during his sophomore season.

He’s already started a lot of games in high school against some of the best competition in the Houston-area, including during practice when he faced Ossai each day. That experience at the Class 6A level should help him adapt to the difference between high school defensive ends and the ones he’ll face in the Big 12.

Immediate impact: It’s hard for offensive tackles to make an impact in their first season as collegiate athletes because of the difference in speed and strength in the college game. Johnson won’t be immune to that difficulty. Some players do, like former Longhorn Connor Williams, and Texas might need Johnson to compete for starting snaps, or at least in the two-deep, once he steps on campus. Improving the talent and depth on the offensive line is the No. 1 priority for Herman.

Fitting into the program: Johnson is another win for Herman in the Houston-area. Signing Ossai helped Texas in the recruitment of Johnson, but the 4-star offensive tackle was leaning towards a move to Austin even before Ossai chose Herman’s program. The Longhorns did a good job replenishing the ranks at offensive tackle in the 2018 class, but there might not be a player in that matches up to the potential of Johnson.

Recruiting at the position: The Longhorns signed five offensive linemen in the 2018 class and would like to add four in 2019. Branson Bragg, a center from Crandall, is the top priority on the interior. He is a 4-star center prospect, which is a position Texas has failed to recruit under Herman. Texas would also like to add an offensive tackle like Green, Stacey Wilkins and North Forest product Javonne Shepherd.

2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge5May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Demariyon Houston WRMillwood (Okla.)4July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Peyton PowellATHOdessa Permian4Oct. 23
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26

 

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