How do you make it clear to a high-level prospect that you want them to play for your program?
If you ask Texas coach Tom Herman and his staff, they’ll tell you by penning hand-written letters in bulk. Well, that’s at least how Herman and the ‘Horns expressed their interest in coveted Independence Community College (Kan.) weak-side defensive end Jermaine Johnson, as he noted on Twitter.
“Big shoutout to the Texas Football staff for the hand written letters, I read every one,” Johnson said.
— Jermaine Johnson II (@ii_jermaine) March 26, 2018
Texas, which extended an offer to Johnson on March 2, joins Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, UCF, UCLA, Utah and Middle Tennessee State as programs in pursuit of his services. With Johnson set to graduate in December and become an early enrollee, the Longhorns losing four defensive linemen to graduation following the 2018 season makes the Eden Prairie (Minn.) native as especially important prospect, as he could compete from day one.
— Jermaine Johnson II (@ii_jermaine) March 11, 2018
247Sports provided an evaluation on what Johnson brings to the table as a prospect:
“Lean, tall kid with the frame to get bigger and stronger. Naturally coordinated and light on his feet. Can change direction and run plays down in pursuit. Raw, has to work on using his hands more violently while improving his explosiveness off the ball but has the natural tools to develop.”
Johnson is one of just seven weak-side defensive ends from around the nation with a Texas offer thus far. As a freshman last season, he totaled 58 tackles, 8 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries.
A 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect, Johnson is unranked at this time.