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Texas pledge talks USC offer

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Kirk Johnson was always a big USC fan but the Trojans had not offered so when another major offer came in - Texas - the San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back decided to commit.
If USC had offered first, the roles might be reversed but Johnson absolutely does not regret his commitment and sounds like he's sticking with the Longhorns.
"That's pretty much right," Johnson said.
"Being a California kid, USC has been there for a long time. Texas and USC are the schools I was interested in since I was a kid. When I visited (USC) I liked how things were run, the facilities and I liked the new staff.
"I'm already committed though so it's a lot different."
The 6-foot, 200-pound three-star prospect committed to Texas in mid-April along with his brother, Collin, a 2016 wide receiver who also has major offers from schools across the country. Their father, Johnnie, played for the Longhorns.
The USC offer does intrigue Johnson but he's not planning to switch his commitment.
"It's kind of hard because I'm committed but it's a school I like," Johnson said. "I'm going to keep a relationship with (USC) but I'm still committed to Texas and I'm pretty sure that's where I'm going to end up, pretty much 100 percent sure that's where I'm going to end up.
"I don't really consider it as much as I would have. It would be all different if (USC) offered me in my sophomore year or even earlier before my Texas offer.
"I thought they were going to offer me before my junior year started because they had been around. They changed coaching staffs and you know how that could affect recruiting. Coach (Clay) Helton is still there and he wanted to offer me but things got mixed around. It was a little slow for me. They came in a little too late."
Alabama and Ohio State are two other programs now interested in the Johnson Bros. Kirk Johnson said he's not going to seriously consider either program but he's pretty sure the Crimson Tide are going to make a serious run at his younger brother.
"Alabama might try to get at him for sure," Johnson said.
The two are expected to play together in college.
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