October 29, 2008

Houston 2010 WR makes a big splash

Houston (Texas) Cy-Ridge is the home to one of the nation's most exciting and dynamic football prospects in the country in Russell Shepard. He along with four-star running back Hasan Lipscomb are big reasons why ESPN recently televised a Cy-Ridge game against Cy-Falls. The national television audience was treated to a big performance by the five-star in Shepard and also was introduced to one of the top young prospects in the state of Texas.

Kevin Johnson, a wide receiver in the class of 2010, went off on the big stage, catching six passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. But the day was special for another reason too.

"That was also my birthday," Johnson said of the evening. "I really just wanted to come out and play well. I kind of looked at is just another game. I still had to do my part."

Johnson has been impressing people well before his breakout performance, including the Baylor coaching staff. His performance at their camp this summer earned him a written offer on Sept. 1.

"Officially I was offered on September 1," he said. "I attended their summer camp and that was where they saw me. My coach said I have two more offers but he hasn't told me who they are. Coach is trying to keep people focused."

The performance against Cy-Falls wasn't a flash in the pan. Johnson followed it up last weekend with another big night on Saturday night against Houston (Texas) Jersey Village. On that night he had five catches for 60 yards and 6 rushes for 115 yards and a touchdown. After excelling at wide receiver this season, there is a strong possibility that he takes over for Cy-Ridge at quarterback in 2009 out of necessity.

"It's a high possibility that I play quarterback next year," he said. "We do have some younger candidates for the job but as of right now it looks that way. I'm good doing anything that helps the team win. It's about the team first. If I have to play quarterback that's what I have to do. I'm just a football player."

This season, Johnson has benefited from the quarterback play of five-star Russell Shepard as well as his exposure along with four-star Hasan Lipscomb.

"I'm just honored to play with Russ and Hasan," he said. "They are such great athletes, especially Russell. Everybody sees him as a runner but he's a great passer."

As Johnson's recruiting picks up, there is one school that he is hoping will come calling.

"I've always been a big fan of Ohio State," he said. "Ever since I was little I've been a fan of them. LSU and Oklahoma are also schools I'm very interested in. I'm just trying to take it day by day."

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