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No. 9 in 2019: Texas WR Collin Johnson will return to the Longhorns for his senior season

Posted January 3rd, 2019


Texas scored its first major recruiting win of 2019 on Thursday when junior receiver Collin Johnson announced he will return to the Longhorns.

“The best is yet to come!,” Johnson tweeted along with a message to UT fans.

Before the Sugar Bowl, Johnson said the NFL draft advisory committee encouraged him to go back to school. The 6-foot-6 wideout from San Jose, Calif., finished 11th in the Big 12 with 985 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He’s got 2,065 career receiving yards over the last three seasons.


“After a lot of prayer and talking with my family, I have decided to return to the University of Texas for my senior year,” Johnson tweeted. “This will give me the opportunity to accomplish a couple of goals I set for myself the moment I stepped on campus. These include getting my degree as well shelling Texas win a championship.”

“This will also enable me to play one last year with my brother, Kirk, at our dream school. Hook ’em.”

Collin Johnson’s brother, running back Kirk Johnson, did not have a carry the last two seasons as injuries kept him sidelined. Kirk Johnson also missed all of 2016 after knee surgery. He played in six games in 2015 and had eight carries for 44 yards.

UT quarterback Sam Ehlinger joked last week that he wasn’t above anything when it came to keeping Johnson and fellow receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey in the mix for 2019. Humphrey is also considering jumping into the NFL draft. He would not reveal his grade from the NFL draft advisory committee.

“I don’t know if I’m going to have to be begging,” Ehlinger told the Statesman. “Actually, I’m going to have to beg.”

Texas wide receiver Collin Johnson (9) can’t secure a touchdown catch as Oklahoma cornerback Parnell Motley (11) provides defense during the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

When word broke of Johnson’s decision, Ehlinger tweeted, “Yessir.”

If Humphrey chooses to return with Ehlinger and Johnson, Texas would have the Big 12’s most explosive trio going into next season.

Safety Brandon Jones also admitted he’s thinking about going pro. He did not reveal his NFL draft grade, either. Defensive end Malcolm Roach, also a junior, posted on Twitter that he was coming back to Texas.

Last year, the NFL draft advisory board told six UT underclassmen to return to school. All of them jumped into the NFL draft anyway, and none were drafted as high as they were first projected. Punter Michael Dickson, the Ray Guy Award winner, was the only one to emerge as a season-long starter with his team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Some members of Texas’ current senior class are wasting no time securing their futures. Offensive guard Patrick Vahe and linebacker Gary Johnson have both announce their signing with agents. Defensive end Charles Omenihu is expected to sign soon.

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