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Johnston continues Temple to Texas pipeline

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Ta’Quon Graham. Jared Wiley. Now you can call Quentin Johnston the next Temple Wildcat to join the Longhorn family.

Johnston chose to join Texas’ 2020 class over competing offers from Baylor, TCU, Arizona, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Throughout his recruitment, Johnston mentioned he was looking for a program that felt like home. He found that in Austin, and Drew Mehringer is a significant reason why.

“From the first time he saw me, it was like we already knew each other,” Johnston said. “That’s a good relationship to have with a coach off the top. Every other time after that, it’s just been like family.”

Ian Boyd on Johnston: Tall, smooth, and fast, Johnston projects at Z. Out there to the field he’d find a lot of space to use to get up to speed and to run the curls and snag routes he currently uses to find space coming back to the QB. Overall the routes where he’s best are ones in which he has time and space to execute a move and then find open grass to get the ball, either by blasting by the corner or cutting into open space. That’d make the Z the best spot for him.

Eric Nahlin on the commitment: Quentin Johnston burst on the scene as abruptly as he gets into his routes after the first game of his junior year at Temple. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t his Hudl where many first took notice, but rather Jared Wiley’s. The Longhorn freshman tight end capably played quarterback for the Wildcats last season and in that initial contest found Johnston multiple times for long gains. In those few plays it was apparent Johnston was a high upside receiver and the soon-to-be next big Texas target out of Temple.

That upside comes in a hyper-athletic 6-foot-4 inch frame. Johnston is excellent at getting vertical in both senses of the word. He profiles to a field receiver who runs vertical routes, commanding safety attention in the process, and he’s also an accomplished high jumper with a personal record of 6-foot-10 inches.

While he’s tall and is explosive off the ground as well as in a straight line, what I really like about him is he has loose hips that will aid him in route running and accumulating yards after the catch. His long stride should allow him to take advantage of open space and split defenders, as well as drive defensive backs off his route stem. 

The staff needed one of each receiver position: a boundary, a slot, and an explosive athlete to the field. Now they just need the first two and there may be an exciting development on that front. 

Johnston is the 17th commit in Texas’ 2020 class joining Xavion Alford (Alvin Shadow Creek), Princely Umanmielen (Manor), Jerrin Thompson (Lufkin), Ethan Pouncey (Winter Park – FL), Bijan Roinson (Salpointe Catholic – AZ), Andrej Karic (Southlake Carroll), Van Fillinger (Corner Canyon – UT), Vernon Broughton (Cy-Ridge), Prince Dorbah (Highland Park), Kitan Crawford (John Tyler), Ja’Quinden Jackson (Duncanville), Jaden Hullaby (Bishop Dunne), Jaylen Garth (Port Neches-Groves), Jake Majors (Prosper), Logan Parr (Helotes O’Connor), and Hudson Card (Lake Travis).