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– Gary Johnson: Super K mentioned on Wednesday that Josh Thompson was a guy standing out in offseason workouts. I talked to someone recently that echoed that to me as well, and another guy that was raved about is JUCO LB Gary Johnson. Outside of Sam Ehlinger, I think Johnson was the guy most Texas fans were excited about in the 2017 class. Johnson will be listed as a junior this year for the Longhorns.
When the source spoke about Johnson they said “He’s exactly what you look for in a Big 12 LB, speed speed speed”. Obviously we’ll see how things look after the pads come on because I was told Johnson still only weighs around 210-215 pounds. But the source added that the Texas staff thinks he could have an impact similar to TCU LB Travin Howard, who is only 6’1 213 pounds but finished 2016 with 130 tackles and was a first team All-Big 12 LB.
Another thing is that while they’d love Johnson to be their ILB in 2017, and if he plays like he did in his JUCO film that could very well happen, but he can also play OLB due to his speed and ability to cover. He could be a guy that pushes Malik Jefferson if he doesn’t come out strong in fall camp. I don’t think there is a guy I’m more interested to see once the pads come on than Gary Johnson. He could fill a big hole in the middle of the Texas defense. – (Andrew)
– Keaontay Ingram: Last weekend there was some talk that Carthage (TX) Texas RB commit Keaontay Ingram was visiting LSU. That visit didn’t end up happening, but the Tigers finished #2 to Texas so I did some digging on if Texas had anything to worry about with Ingram.
Right now I don’t think Texas fans should worry about Ingram at all, here’s why. The first thing is that Texas is where Ingram wanted to go, it was the school he grew up rooting for and is close with guys like DeMarvion Overshown and BJ Foster. Another reason is that LSU now has 3 RB commits, and Ingram is the only one at Texas. In a 4-day span, LSU landed 3 RB commitments from Chris Curry, AJ Carter, and Tae Provens.
So it sounds like Ed Oregeron was looking to fill up on his RB group over the weekend and Ingram was a guy they wanted on campus. That didn’t happen and it looks like Ingram is solid with his Texas commitment. – (Andrew)