5 Reasons 5-Star WR Tyron Johnson Will Sign with Texas Tech
Tyron Johnson is a 5-star receiver from Louisiana who could develop into a superstar in college. At 6'1" and 191 pounds, he has a good combination of size and speed.
The New Orleans native can pluck passes naturally with his mitts after running a crisp route, and he also has the ability to climb on top of a cornerback to reach the third level. Johnson has a ton of schools after him, but 247Sports shows Texas Tech as among his favorites.
The Red Raiders do not normally land 5-star prospects, but here's a few reasons why things could be different with Johnson.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
The Michael Crabtree Factor
Johnson is a young receiver, and, like any young player, he probably idolizes several studs who came before him. Among the best college receivers in recent history is Michael Crabtree, who currently catches passes for the San Francisco 49ers.
Crabtree made a name for himself as a dynamic receiver at Texas Tech from 2007 to 2008. Johnson has mentioned Crabtree on at least two separate occasions, once to Mike Graham of RedRaiderSports.com (subscription required) and again to Matt Clare (subscription required) of the same site.
The chance to attend the same school as a player Johnson seems to idolize bodes well for Texas Tech.
Among the top young head coaches in the country is Kliff Kingsbury, who is entering his second season on the sidelines for Texas Tech.
After going 8-5 (Sports-Reference.com) and winning the Holiday Bowl in his first year at the helm, Kingsbury only figures to improve the Red Raiders program going forward.
Kingsbury's youth and charisma will also help him on the recruiting trail. He knows how to relate to the players of today like Johnson, which will help the 5-star receiver feel comfortable in Lubbock.
A great way to attract a 5-star receiver to a school is to have a commitment from an elite quarterback. Texas Tech has just that in elite 4-star passer Jarrett Stidham, who pledged to play in Lubbock earlier this spring.
The 6'3.5", 190-pounder is a dual-threat quarterback who has outstanding arm strength. Stidham possesses solid accuracy to all levels of the field. Plus, he is a confident and athletic field general who can make a lot of plays.
Having a commitment from Stidham will only help Texas Tech look even better in Johnson's eyes.
Although he coaches cornerbacks for Texas Tech, Kevin Curtis has built a strong and close relationship with Johnson, according to a report by Matt Clare of RedRaiderSports.com (subscription required).
Johnson told Clare on April 14:
I talk with coach (Kevin) Curtis all the time. We talk every day and coach Curtis comes to our school any time coaches are allowed, he came five out of five times. Tech was my first offer and that means a lot to me...My relationship with coach Curtis is like no other. He brings the facts and keeps it straight with me, always has. We usually talk about how to get better, and what drills I have been doing.
As a receiver, Johnson probably doesn't want to play in a run-dominant offense.
Texas Tech threw the ball a ton under former head coach Mike Leach, which brought the program a pass-heavy reputation.
Current head coach Kliff Kingsbury has brought his high-octane offense from Texas A&M to his alma mater, and the ball was tossed all over the yard in 2013. The Red Raiders averaged 392.8 passing yards per game, according to Sports-Reference.com.
Texas Tech's pass-first reputation, along with Kingsbury's offensive prowess, must certainly appeal to Johnson.