Posted by Bryan Fischer
A recruit making a commitment to Texas in the month of December is pretty rare given that Mack Brown usually has the entire class locked up by the end of the spring. The Longhorns added two players over the weekend however, as Athens (Texas) athlete Kendall Sanders and Clear Springs (Texas) wide receiver Marcus Johnson.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Johnson has been on a wild ride the past month with his recruitment. Originally a Texas Tech commitment, he pledged to Texas A&M following the team's Thanksgiving night loss to Texas. The Longhorns got involved with a late offer and after head coach Mike Sherman was let go, it was only a matter of time before he committed elsewhere.
“I picked Texas because I've grown up loving the program,” Johnson told Hookem.com. “It's an honor to receive an offer from Texas. It really is a dream come true.”
Sanders also went through much the same process as Johnson. Maxpreps' 23rd-ranked athlete decommitted from Oklahoma State on Monday after being a part of the the Cowboys class since right after Signing Day in February. But Sanders simply had to change his pledge once the Longhorns coaching staff extended the four-star an offer.
"Really, I was like Texas?! Texas?! It was my dream," he told Orangebloods.com. "I got this opportunity to see my dream, take it or go somewhere else? So I was like, I have to go with my dream. I have to complete my dream."
Both players add to what will likely be the top wide receiver groups in the country with MaxPreps 2nd-ranked receiver Cayleb Jones and 13th-ranked Thomas Johnson. Texas has 21 commitments for the class of 2012, which is ranked second overall.
"Sanders shows very good speed to the ball, great range, and he's an aggressive defender who attacks the line of scrimmage in run support and delivers hard hits," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He can read and react with the best of them and does a good job when playing the ball. Considered to be one of the top three prospects in northeast Texas and is an explosive ball player who reads and reacts well and is as active as they come."