After several years of producing bumper crops of quarterback prospects, the state of Texas has been relatively down at the position for the past couple of recruiting cycles. However, there are still top prospects in the state.
One of the top juniors is Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie's Jared Johnson. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound dual-threat passer has been receiving quite a bit of interest as of late.
"I've been hearing a little bit from some schools," Johnson said. "Nobody has really said anything about offering yet, though.
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"I'm hearing from OU, Oklahoma State, (Texas) A&M, Texas Tech, UH, Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska and a couple of others."
The Dallas-area prospect has been to one college game this fall and Johnson has plans to attend another soon.
"I went to the A&M-Arkansas game that was up here in Arlington," he said. "Since it was at the Cowboys stadium, we weren't able to talk to the coaches or anything. I'm planning on going to another A&M game, but that's pretty much it for right now."
Though Johnson has been to an Aggie game and plans to go to another, it is actually two other in-state schools that have caught his eye.
"The schools that I like the most right now are Texas and TCU," he said. "I've always just been a fan of Texas and TCU has caught my interest the last few months. It's close to home and it's a good program."
Johnson is a great athlete but he says there has been no talk of him playing any other position.
"They've all talked to me about playing quarterback," he said of the schools recruiting him. "I've always played QB and that's what I plan to keep doing. All the schools say they like me as a QB."
The talented junior has been doing his research on several college offenses.
"I'm looking at all the schools' offenses to see where I fit best," Johnson said. "I've always played in the spread but I try to work on everything. I want to be where I can play in any offense. I don't want to get pegged as simply a spread QB. I'm a zone-read, spread offense quarterback right now though."
Through eight games this season, Johnson has passed for 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He has also rushed for 502 yards, averaging over five yards per carry, and four more scores in helping the Warriors to a 5-3 record.