Three teams among the Associated Press' current college top 25 have streaked to the forefront in the recruitment of one of the nation's best running backs.
John Johnson of Houston's Sam Houston High School says the three favorites to earn his signature by Signing Day are Florida, LSU and Miami. Colorado and Texas, Johnson said, are still involved but have their work cut out for them.
"The reason I really like those three is because they have a history of being good football teams and the type of offense they run can feature me as a running back and feature my style of running," he said.
"I'm a little like Warrick Dunn. I'm real fast and shifty, so that takes a special kind of offense."
According to Johnson, all of the schools involved have offered a scholarship contingent upon him earning a passing SAT score. Johnson is set to take the test for the first time this October. He has a 3.3 grade-point average.
Even though he has a top three, Johnson doesn't plan to make a college decision anytime soon, at least not until he has the time for making some official visits.
He has yet to schedule any of those visits and when he does begin to schedule them, he's going to have to do so around his basketball season since he's a terrific two-sport athlete.
But for this fall, he's keeping things simple. He's just trying to get better.
Johnson says he's looking to build on his district most valuable player performance of a year ago, a season that saw him rush for 1,510 yards and 27 touchdowns.
His senior season begins tonight when Houston hosts Jeff Davis.