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The Dotted Line: Texas is already set at quarterback for the 2019 class

Posted February 28th, 2018

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Texas is set at quarterback in 2019

Tom Herman tries to slow-play recruiting and tends to wait until the last minute to extend offers and go all-in on prospects. It’s an efficient, and admirable, approach to recruiting in modern times where programs tend to offer every elite prospect and see how it shakes out in the end.

Texas commit Roschon Johnson could be the only quarterback to sign with Texas in 2019. (Mike Craven)

Herman wants an offer from Texas to count. His program has offered fewer 2019 prospects than Alabama already has for the 2020 class. It’s that intimacy Herman hopes to foster into a long-lasting success story in Austin.

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Texas’ only commitment for 2019 is from a quarterback, and with UT signing two 4-star quarterbacks in 2018, the Longhorns are likely to close shop at the position for the 2019 cycle. Every class needs a leader and finding a quarterback to build a class around is an ideal situation for Herman and his staff.

Overview: Quarterbacks

Needs: 1

Commits: (1) Roschon Johnson, 4-star, Port Neches-Groves  

Johnson pulled the trigger on July 21, committing to the Longhorns at the Stars at Night camp featuring the top prospects in the 2018 and 2019 class. It was the same day Texas landed 4-star defensive back Jalen Green, the top-rated player on the 2018 Fabulous 55.

Johnson is a proven winner who can put up big numbers with his legs or arm. The 4-star prospect is the No. 120-ranked player in the country and the second-best dual-threat quarterback prospect for the 2018 class, per the 247Sports composite. He threw for 2,918 yards and 35 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions as a junior, adding 1,627 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground. In two years as a starter, he’s accounted for 110 touchdowns and nearly 9,000 yards of offense.

Remaining targets: None

Other offers: Spencer Rattler (committed to Oklahoma)

Analysis

The recruiting process is speeding up with the advent of the early signing period. The 2019 class is the first that can take official visits to schools before the start of their senior season. That means identifying prospects during their sophomore and junior years becomes more imperative to coaches around the country.

The Texas staff clearly identified Johnson as the quarterback of the 2019 class and locked up his commitment before the start of his junior season. He gives Texas a dual-threat quarterback with plenty of personality and leadership qualities to help build a strong supporting class. Johnson will become an unofficial recruiter for the Longhorns and it’s always best when the leader of the class is a quarterback.

Herman signed two quarterbacks in the 2018 class, finally giving Texas a full quarterback room heading into the spring. Johnson will arrive on campus with four older quarterbacks on the roster, barring a transfer between now and signing day. That should allow him a year to redshirt and learn the system.

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