It's another year and there is another host of highly-touted prospects at Dallas (Texas) Skyline with players like Anthony Wallace and Franklin Shannon loading up on offers and opportunities. Already though, the next horizon of talent at the pipeline program is emerging and it is led by a spring transfer that is making big waves.
Thomas Johnson came to Skyline this spring after playing at Arlington (Texas) Oakridge as a sophomore. There, Johnson starred at quarterback where he threw for over 1,000 yards - much of it to BYU signee Ross Apo - and rushed for over 1,600 yards. That production, along with the flashes he has shown at wide receiver this spring has been enough to land early spring offers from some big hitters.
"I've been working hard," Johnson said. "Lately Miami, Texas A&M and USC offered me. I'm real excited. I tried to hold it in at first but when they told me that I had an offer from USC, that's when I went crazy because people dream of getting offers from USC, Miami, and Texas A&M. So it made me real excited and made me want to work that much harder."
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For his first flurry of offers, it doesn't get much more prestigious than the three that Johnson has received. With one in-state offer, one west coast offer and one east coast offer, it's safe to say that Johnson can already be considered a national recruit.
"Miami is big," he said. "They used to be real good and they still are good. USC is always good and A&M is working their way up and they're getting good."
Johnson will likely see his stock continue to rise as he performs in his new position at his new school. In Skyline's high-powered offense, Johnson will be stepping in as a big play wide receiver following in the footsteps of 2010 Texas signee Mike Davis. Though there has been an adjustment period, Johnson is already making an impact.
"At first it started out a little bumpy for me and I got adjusted to it," he said of the transition. "Overall it went pretty well. I still have a couple questions about the plays so I'll just be asking the offensive coordinator questions all practice."
As Johnson begins to accumulate offers, it doesn't look as though any one school will have a built in advantage. Though he grew up following college football, Johnson doesn't have a favorite program. Instead, he already has several factors that he is keeping in mind as he takes a look at the schools recruiting him.
"I really never had a favorite team," he said. "I always liked a couple of teams. If one team wasn't doing good, I'd go to the other team.
"I want to be recruited as a receiver, so I would want to go to a team that passes, so that's a big factor. Then proximity to home is a big factor too and then after that is coaching prestige, conference prestige and school prestige."