July 26, 2011

2013 backs talks about Texas visit

In 2011, 38 running backs signed with Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs led by Malcolm Brown (Texas), Brandon Williams (Oklahoma), Aaron Green (Nebraska), and Herschel Sims (Oklahoma St.).

The 2012 class is once again loaded with Aledo's Johnathan Gray (Texas) and Spring DeKaney's Trey Williams (Texas A&M) turning heads, and 2013 is already beginning to see its share of attention grabbers.

Alief (Texas) Hastings running back Jaquaries Johnson was one of the first to emerge on the scene in the 2013 class, after rushing for 858 yards and 10 TDs on 118 carries earning first team all-district as a freshman.

He followed up his breakout freshman season by earning a second first-team all-district nod and over 1200 yards of total offense.

This summer the 5-8, 185-pound back hit the camp circuit attending several camps around the state. Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, Texas, and UTEP camps were each part of the tour with a couple of camps really catching his attention.

"Actually the TCU camp was kind of intense. I kind of liked that one. There were a lot of people out there so I liked the competition," Johnson said. "The Baylor camp, I usually have a good time when I go to their camps. I just like their coaches. Their running back coach is real amped for the game and I like that one."

He attended the three-day Texas camp in June where he was able to get to know more about coach Major Applewhite.

"He's a good coach too. He's nice coach," he said. "He gets down to the nitty gritty bottom of everything. He lets you know exactly how he wants it ran. He's a good coach."

When it comes to the recruiting process he is still feeling everything out, but there are a few schools he has grown up following who have caught his attention early on in the process.

"UT, that was my No. 1 team when I came the first year, but I've started to notice they're into the bigger backs that are No. 1 in the nation," Johnson said. "That's what they're recruiting so I know I have to step my game up this year. LSU is looking at me, Oregon, they're kind of far but I like their offense. I just need to go on a couple of visits to get to know the coaches."

However, the focus of Johnson's mind has been preparing for the 2011 season and he has been putting in a lot of extra work. He has been pulling his car, running hills, and lifting heavier in the weight room as he eyes a big showing in his junior season.

"Really I know this year has to be a big year. I have to breakout," Johnson said. "I want to run for like 2,000. I've had good numbers but I don't think my numbers are good enough. When I go to the sidelines I want everyone to say 'Oh, there he goes.' That's what I really want it to be. I've been working on my breakaway speed and different stuff just to have that extra push as a running back. I want to get stronger."

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