Longview Athlete One to Watch

Aaron Johnson

As a junior, Longview quarterback Aaron Johnson threw for over 1,000 yards, rushed for over 900 yards and scored 15 touchdowns to help lead the Lobos to the State Championship game.

Things are starting to look good on the recruiting front for Aaron Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete from Longview High in Texas.

"It is going pretty good," Johnson responded when asked about the recruiting process. "Coaches from Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have been interested in me and TCU has sent me an offer and sent one to Tyler McCray our running back."

"But I am still going to keep my options open until probably after football season next year to see all of what I can get before I make a decision."

Johnson had a surreal feeling when he received his first official scholarship offer.

"It was kind of like a weird feeling. I knew it had happened, but it did not really seem real. It felt like a big dream."

TCU offered Johnson at quarterback, but the other schools seem to be saying that he would be coming in as more of an athlete, but he ultimately feels the most comfortable on the offensive side of the ball whether it be at quarterback or receiver.

"I think I am going to try to stay at quarterback up there if I do go (to TCU)," Johnson informed. "Schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are saying more of an athlete rather than quarterback."

"I think I would probably be better at offense because I have been doing it more. I could play defense and be a factor as a backer, but I feel like I could be better at offense because I have more experience. So I would probably be better at offense."

OU and OSU have not yet offered, but they have been showing an interest.

"They are just saying that they are interested in me and they invited me to some of their junior days and stuff, but I have not been able to make it to any because of what is going on with basketball. I just got done with that, so I got a little more free time now."

Johnson has a connection with former Longview Lobo and current Sooner offensive tackle Trent Williams.

"That's my cousin," Johnson relayed. "He was down here. I talked to him about Oklahoma. He gave me some information and stuff that I might need to know. He told me I need to go to some camps and stuff this summer and try to get more exposure and things like that."

Williams and Johnson definitely talked about the Sooners 2008 season that ended up much like the Lobos.

"He said it was a real good experience. He said it was a lot of fun. It was probably 10,000 times as fun as the high school championship game."

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