DALLAS – For not being 100 percent by his own account, Thomas Johnson turned in a pretty good performance in Dallas Skyline's playoff opener.
Thomas Johnson averaged over 20 yards per reception in a playoff win over Garland.
The dynamic 2012 wide receiver caught seven passes for 143 yards, including several key third and fourth down receptions in the second half to lift Skyline to a 28-10 win over Garland. Johnson, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder with explosive playmaking ability, said he's comfortable being the Raiders go-to receiver.
“I know when my number is called I've got to get the first down and I've got to execute,” Johnson said. “No matter what's going on, when my team needs me to get yards in those situations I have to be there and be the guy that steps up and makes a play.”
Still slowed by a high ankle sprain suffered in Skyline's season opener, Johnson's injury hasn't slowed down how schools are recruiting him. Auburn, Cal, Miami (Fla.), Southern Cal and Texas A&M have all verbally offered Johnson. He said he's slowed things down since he and the schools recruiting him are a little busy right now.
“I think it will pickup in a few weeks,” Johnson said. “I'm focused on helping my team win a state championship and I know the schools are focused on getting bowl games and finishing their seasons strong, so I'm just going to be patient with it and wait for things to pick up again.”
One of those schools trying to get to a bowl game is Texas. Johnson the Longhorns are definitely in the picture for him.
“I like Texas. I like the way their offense gets the ball to different guys,” Johnson said. “They're working through some minor glitches right now, but they're a young team. We were a young team to start the season and we came together, so I know they'll get it figured out. I think next year they'll be as good as anyone again.”
*A member of the Future247, Johnson has caught 20 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns this season. He's missed most of the season with his ankle injury.
*Former Skyline star Mike Davis has already set Texas' freshman receiving record. Johnson said Davis' positive experience makes Texas more attractive, but he said its the same for any school where a Skyline alum has a positive experience. “At Skyline we're all taught the same way and we all have the same pride when it comes to football,” he said. “When I see people like Mike or Joe Powell (Oklahoma) having a good time at their school, it lets me know that I can do what I do and have a good time in college.”
*Johnson said there haven't been any new schools verbally offer since his wave of offers in the late summer, but he said Oregon has been showing him more attention lately.
*Johnson said right now his ankle has him feeling, “a good 80 percent,” he said.
*Johnson is one of several 2012 prospects at Skyline. Linebacker Peter Jinkens and wide receiver Tray Raybon have been verbally offered by Texas A&M. Defensive back Shelton Session, linebackers Nigel Robertson, Dominic Spencer and David Greene, along with offensive lineman Marlon Brown have all received attention from FBS schools so far.
Johnson possesses elite explosion and burst with the ball in his hands. He shows tremendous agility with his ability to stop and start in a hurry. A classic stick-your-foot-in-the-ground-and-go athlete. Due to his explosive ability, he's an exceptional playmaker in the short passing game. He shows good body control and is learning to catch the ball out in front of him to put himself in a position to make a play after the catch. He's a big-time playmaker who can create big plays in space. He's still learning the position after playing quarterback at Arlington Oakridge.