December 12, 2006

Great expectations

One of the hot topics among recruiting fans every year is discussing which players could come into their favorite program and have an immediate impact as a freshman contributor. Some positions lend themselves to early playing time a little easier than others, and the bluest of blue-chips are the guys that are usually expected to touch the field from the second they give their verbal commitment.

But it doesn't always happen that way. Take, for instance, Texas running back commitment Cody Johnson. When the four-star standout from Waller gave Mack Brown and staff a pledge back in March, it wasn't even known exactly how Johnson would fit into the Texas offense. Some had him pegged as a fullback because of his size, while others thought Johnson could eventually find his spot at tailback, although he'd likely have to wait behind some of the current guys on campus before getting his shot.

Fast forward nine months and there's now message board talk of Johnson getting thrown into the mix as a true freshman, particularly after the Longhorns struggled in short-yardage situations this season. At about 230 pounds, Johnson has the size and strength to run through tackles and move the pile, traits that Texas will need in 2007.

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