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2015 Texas Longhorns Football Recruiting: WR Gilbert Johnson Chooses Texas

The former Georgia Bulldog commitment from Homestead, Florida didn't qualify out of high school, spent a year in prep school (where he was injured) and has now pledged to the Longhorns.  Johnson's academic qualifications are still somewhat iffy, so it's no guarantee that he'll make it to Austin.  In that sense, he's a potential bonus player and our staff will continue to recruit their targets accordingly.

Johnson is a big body WR (6-4, 200) with good hands, a large catch radius and a strong ability to win jump balls.  He's not that easy to get on the ground either.  He lacks an extra gear over the top, but his ability to move the chains, win balls outside and present a big target in the middle of the field make him an intriguing developmental prospect, particularly as he puts on weight and gains strength.  The Georgia Bulldogs have a pretty good track record of placing Johnson's body type (AJ Green, Kris Durham, Marlon Brown etc) into the NFL and it's clear that they saw some things they could work with in Johnson.  Johnson is fairly raw overall and might even benefit from an additional redshirt year if he doesn't have to go the JUCO route.

Johnson may lack a gaudy ranking, but many of the tools are there and it doesn't require much imagination after watching his film to imagine him as a serious asset after some time in the weight room and learning his craft at 215+ pounds terrorizing 5-9 college cornerbacks.

Now he just needs to qualify.  And dress better.