The Longhorns landed commitments from brothers Kirk and Collin Johnson on Thursday, picking up a pair of impressive California recruits. The duo, sons of former Texas star Johnnie Johnson, declared their intentions on Twitter:
Texas head coach Charlie Strong welcomes players who maintain program tradition and effectively bolster two recruiting classes. Kirk is a junior running back and defensive back, while Collin is a sophomore wide receiver.
Their father earned All-American honors at cornerback with the Longhorns in 1978 and 1979. He was a first-round NFL draft pick in 1980 and went on to a lengthy career with the Los Angeles Rams.
Johnson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He apparently passed plenty of his football genes to Kirk and Collin, who each hold several scholarship offers.
Kirk, a 3-star prospect, is rated No. 43 nationally among 2015 athletes in 247Sports composite rankings. He was limited to seven games at Valley Christian High School (San Jose, Calif.) in 2013 due to injury but still managed to rush for 1,228 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He burst onto the scene as a sophomore, when he gained 1,469 yards and 21 scores on the ground. Kirk, who stands at 6'0", 191 lbs. also holds offers from Washington, Utah, Cal and Arizona State.
Collin's recruitment process has certainly been more accelerated.
The 6'4", 180-pound playmaker already warranted scholarships from USC, Arizona State, Utah, Rutgers, Cal and TCU since late February. He is rated No. 15 nationally among 2016 receivers in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Collin caught 10 passes for 99 yards and three touchdowns last season, leading the team in all three receiving categories, according to MaxPreps.
Both brothers collected an offer from Texas in early March. They spent time in Austin with their father for a junior day and didn't delay long before deciding to commit to the Longhorns.
Kirk is the ninth member of Texas' 2015 class, and the second this week. Houston area running back Tristian Houston pledged to the Longhorns on Monday.
Collin is the Longhorns' first sophomore pickup.
Recruit statistics and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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