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Meet the Longhorns: Texas expects instant impact from JUCO linebacker Caleb Johnson

Posted December 19th, 2018

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Caleb Johnson, outside linebacker, Fullerton College (Calif.)

FYI: 6-1/215; 3 stars; No. 3-ranked JUCO outside linebacker

Fabulous 55 ranking: N/A

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Committed: Dec. 17

Scouting report: Texas moved into the lead for Johnson back in October when he took an official visit to Austin shortly after de-committing from Iowa State. The Longhorns held off late charges from Oregon and Colorado. Johnson is a speedy linebacker who can get sideline-to-sideline against the run and blitz off the edge.

Johnson spent two years in JUCO. He made a big impact as a freshman when he recorded 5.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss on 41 stops. He also forced a fumble. Texas likes versatility in its linebackers and Jonson offers defensive coordinator Todd Orlando a player who can play inside in dime sets or as the B-Backer rushing off the edge.

Texas loses Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler after the Sugar Bowl. The Longhorns needed players who could make an immediate impact in 2019 and the staff thinks Caleb Johnson is one of the players, along with four-star inside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd.

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