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April 5, 2008

Longhorns make impression on 2010 star

The Texas Longhorns 2009 recruiting class has been filling up at an unbelievable rate since signing day. Last weekend, the Longhorns played host to some of 2010's top in state prospects, showing off everything the program has to offer with at yearly spring game. One of the top sophomore prospects on hand was Silsbee quarterback Jeremy Johnson and the 6-2, 173-pound fleet-footed quarterback took in Austin.

If the Longhorns were hoping to make a big impression, then it was a mission accomplished.

"I went to Texas for their spring game," Johnson said. "I went last weekend on the 29th with my dad. I liked it, man. I liked the atmosphere. It's a big place. All of the coaches are cool down there. I was the only sophomore quarterback at the spring game. I talked to Major Applewhite. He told me how excited he was that I came down and he talked to me about coming to their camp this summer,"

Johnson is coming off of a season in which he completed 94 of 175 passes (10 INT's) for 1,675 yards and 17 touchdowns, as well as rushing for 621 yards and nine scores. The tremendous sophomore campaign earned him 21-3A sophomore of the year honors.

It comes without surprise that colleges programs are beginning to take notice.

"Georgia and Texas have come by. Houston too. I'm going to Texas, U of H (brother plays there) and maybe OU camps," Johnson said.

Johnson, who is currently competing for the Silsbee track team, says he watched the quarterbacks closely and was impressed by their technique.

"Their technique is good. They lead the team and know what is going on with all of the players. I was impressed watching them," Johnson said.

The junior-to-be, who lists the Miami Hurricanes as his childhood favorite, says his father, Byron Johnson, came away very impressed.

"He really liked it. He wants me to go to Texas." Johnson said.

The Golden Triangle area star in the making will be competing for a spot in the 3A regional meet on the track this weekend in the 200-meters (best time of 22.3), 800-meter relay and 400-meter relay. He already posted a 21'2" long jump good for third in the district meet.

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