Out of the four linebackers that all signed a National Letter of Intent with the 2019 Texas football recruiting class, only one looks to be truly ready to earn a starting role to take over for either Johnson or Wheeler immediately. There was a large reliance on some key incoming signees during the 2018 campaign, and the same could be said come the 2019 regular season.
Late in the 2019 recruiting cycle, just before the start of the Early Signing Period, the this Texas football recruiting class was able to add a few key commits that would soon sign. One of those key commits just before the start of the Early Signing Period came from three-star Fullerton College outside linebacker Caleb Johnson.
The pairing between Johnson and Floyd at linebacker could be something that is special for the Horns for the next two seasons. Texas has so much potent talent at linebacker altogether that adding someone that can make an immediate impact like Johnson is pivotal. He can help alleviate the loss of so many starters from the previous season.
Johnson ranks as the nation’s third best JUCO outside linebacker for the 2019 recruiting cycle and the seventh best out of the state of California. He’s also one of two of the nation’s top 40 ranked 2019 JUCO prospects in the Texas football recruiting class. Johnson has the better chance at starting early than the other, though.