Even though Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson had Rivals250 running back Kenny Williams this past season, the Hawks had another player excel in the backfield as well.
Daje Johnson proved a change of pace to the big, bruising style of Williams as the 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior used his speed to outrun defenders. He also played defense for Hendrickson, showing himself to be one of the more versatile prospects in the class of 2012. Colleges have noticed and two have already offered.
"I was offered by Houston on Saturday," Johnson said. "I was down there for a junior day. I also have been offered by Baylor. They offered me in December."
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Johnson had a chance to see a lot of what Houston had to offer before meeting with head coach Kevin Sumlin.
"When we first got there they talked a lot about academics," he said. "After that I got a tour around campus then we went to the weightroom and heard the coaches talk. Then we watched practice.
"When we were walking out to practice they took me into the head coach's office. He was talking to me and told me they were offering me a scholarship. It surprised me because I was just walking around with everybody and then they took me in there."
So far, Johnson's trip the Conference USA school has been his only one so far. However, that will change this week.
"I haven't been anywhere else yet," he said. "I'm going to TCU on Thursday. I'm just going up there with my family to look around and everything. I can't say for certain but I think they are probably going to offer me then."
With his ability to play numerous positions on the field, it is no surprise that most colleges don't necessarily have exact plans for Johnson's skillset just yet.
"Most schools are just recruiting me as an athlete and they say we'll figure it out once I get to campus," he said. "Houston offered me as a running back but most of the others have said athlete. I play running back and cornerback for my school. I'm liking running back right now but it's not a big deal. I'll just see what they want me to play when I get up there."
Though it is still early in the recruiting process, Johnson does admit that one particular school intrigues him just a bit.
"I don't know right now," he said of favorites. "I'm liking TCU. They're one of the best schools that are recruiting me right now. I'm still looking at everybody though."
Johnson was named a second-team all-district selection at running back after rushing for 798 yards and eight touchdowns with an average of 11.2 yards per carry. He also caught 10 passes for 153 yards and another score.