Collin Johnson is one of the better wide receivers in the 2016 college football recruiting class and he has committed to the Texas Longhorns. It isn’t a surprise that he landed with the Longhorns, especially as his brother currently is on the roster and his father played there as well.
At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Johnson is a very physical wide receiver that has superstar potential at the next level. He has received comparisons to Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson and his nickname has been “Young Megatron.”
Those reasons alone should get the Longhorns and their fan base excited about Johnson’s potential, since he could be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Texas offense.
During the 2014 season at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California, Johnson recorded 911 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns and 19.1 yards per catch average. He received other offers from major schools, including Alabama, USC, UCLA, TCU and California.
Despite the offers from those big schools, he chose to head to the school that his family has called home for quite some time.
Johnson took the time to do an exclusive interview with Evan Massey of Campus Sports and started off by talking about why he chose to commit to the Longhorns in the first place.
“It’s a very unique opportunity for me being that my dad went there and my brother is there right now,” he said.
Next on the agenda was figuring out exactly what Johnson believes he can bring to the field for the Longhorns.
“I just bring a big, long athletic wide receiver to the table that can find a way to get the ball if it is thrown somewhere in my area code,” he added. “I’m also a very physical blocker.”
As we mentioned before, Johnson has received a nickname and comparison to Calvin Johnson. He talked about being compared to the Lions’ star, and was honored that he has been linked to a player that great.
“That’s an honor,” Johnson noted. “Megatron is one of the most, if not the most respected wide receiver in the league, so being compared to him is an honor. I just hope I can meet him one day.
“I think people just call me ‘Young Megatron’ because of my body size and athletic ability that is so similar to his, but I’m not on Megatron’s level yet. It’s a huge honor for people to call me that, but I still have to prove myself in college first. No, I don’t really compare myself to any wide receiver in college football. I’m just working to be the best I can be.”
That was a very mature reply and shows that he hasn’t allowed the nation’s comparisons to get to his head. He wants to prove himself at Texas enough to have a chance at the NFL and that is something that he should be able to accomplish fairly easily.
Texas has been looking for a dynamic threat like Johnson for awhile and his time is almost here.
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