Friendswood (Texas) athlete Johnathon Johnson is one of the more dynamic playmakers in the state. He is an effective weapon at both running back and slot receiver for the Mustangs and several schools have taken notice of his abilities.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior picked up an offer from Texas Tech towards the end of the season and Johnson recently added another offer as well.
"My new offer is from U of H," Johnson said. "They called my head coach two weeks before spring break and let him know they were offering me. That was before I went to the junior day there. I went to a junior day at U of H. I've also been to (Texas) Tech's junior day and (Texas) A&M's junior day."
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Johnson was not able to speak with the Houston coaching staff at length during the recent junior day but he plans to make a return visit to the campus. Several other schools could be receiving visits as well.
"I didn't really get a chance to talk to them too much this time," he said of Houston. "I talked to coach (Tony) Levine a little bit as well as the running backs coach. They just asked how I was doing and told me they wanted me to come to their spring game for another visit.
"I plan to get back there at some point. I'm not sure if it will be for the spring game or not though. I plan to go up to A&M and watch theirs. I'm not sure when I'll make it back out to Tech. I liked everything on the visit but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to make it back for their spring game. Kansas State and Purdue both invited me to junior days but I don't know if I'll be able to attend either one of those."
With two offers in the fold, Johnson thinks another Big 12 school could be close to adding their name to the mix as well.
"I feel like Kansas State could be (close to offering)," he said. "That's the team I've been talking to the most. I could pick up some more offers during spring football because a lot of coaches have said they're going to come watch me. The coaches from Kansas State, A&M, Tech and U of H are coming for sure."
With his ability to play a number of positions on the offensive side of the ball, schools cannot all agree on where the best fit would be at the next level for the athletic playmaker.
"Houston offered me as a running back," Johnson said. "Tech said they're recruiting me as an athlete. Kansas State is looking at me as a running back. I think most schools are recruiting me as an athlete, though. They'll just figure out later if it will be running back or slot receiver."
Johnson helped Friendswood reach the Class 4A-Division I state semifinals before they fell to eventual state champion Lake Travis. He earned first-team all-district honors at running back after rushing for 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns while also compiling 52 receptions and another six scores.