Wednesday was a busy day at Alief (Texas) Taylor with college recruiters coming through the football office in droves. Several Lion players picked up new offers but one school in particular really liked the prospects it saw at the Houston-area program.
Utah had previously offered Torrodney Prevot and Jonathan Wiggins and the Utes offered four more Lions on Wednesday. Class of 2013 prospects Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Trevorris Johnson as well as class of 2014 standouts Chris Hardeman and Keenen Brown all received offers from the Pac-12 program. It the first offer for Johnson, the team's running back.
"I got my first offer from Utah," the 5-foot-11, 205-pounf Johnson said. "I called the running backs coach there and I also talked to coach (Morgan) Scalley, my recruiter.
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"It came as a big surprise to me. I was just really happy. I couldn't believe that I got that offer. I was really excited."
The fact that the Utes have offered so many of his teammates is a big plus in Johnson's book.
"It definitely helps that they have offered all of us," he said. "I'd like to play ball with these guys at the next level for sure."
A couple of in-state programs also seem to have taken notice of the bruising runner.
"At the moment there aren't really any other schools I think are really, really close to offering me," he said. "Some schools are showing me a lot of interest though. Texas Tech and Texas A&M are both looking at me."
While the recruiting process is extremely new for Johnson, he admits that a couple of programs stand out in his mind.
"I like Texas A&M and Alabama," he said. "Growing up, Alabama was my dream school. I like A&M because it's a good program and it's still pretty close to home. Plus, my teammate (Wiggins) is committed there."
As a junior Johnson rushed for 744 yards and seven scores in helping lead Alief Taylor to the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.