San Jose, CA | 6046 | 215 | 4.55E | 2020
Johnson is a long pass catching target that has rare size and leaping ability coupled with tremendous ball skills to win in a variety of scenarios and against a multitude of defenders. Teammates compare him to Terrell Owens and Calvin Johnson with how dominant he is on contested passes and coaches rave about his leadership and maturity. Johnson only started one game as a true freshman but he was able to catch three touchdowns and he has quickly developed a rapport with starting quarterback Shane Buechele.His length in the red zone is a mismatch for opponents and he continues to draw comparisons to Megatron and T.O. He has excellent feet and change of direction ability, he’s a fluid mover and possesses the upside to be a great route runner. Collin Johnson has NFL bloodlines, as his father Johnny Johnson was an All American defensive back at Texas, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and a first round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams. The California kid is a matchup nightmare that works hard, understands what it takes to be a pro and has been blessed with prototype size and speed. He profiles as a AJ Green type of mismatch with the potential to have a lengthy pro career when he decides to enter the league.
2016: Played in all 12 games and made one start (West Virginia) … totaled 28 catches for 315 yards and was tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions … made his career debut against No. 10 Notre Dame, a game which Texas won 50-47 in 2ot … recorded his first career catch in week two against UTEP … had two catches for 16 yards against California … had three catches for 44 yards against OU … had two catches in the game against Iowa State for a total of 21 yards … had four catches for a total of 22 yards, the longest being for nine yards, in the game against Kansas State … had one catch for 40 yards against Baylor … caught four passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the Longhorns’ win on the road at Texas Tech … first two touchdowns of his career … just the sixth freshman in school history with two TD catches in the same game and the first since 2008 … caught seven passes, a career-high, for 68 yards, also a career high … had a touchdown, his third of the season to move into a tie for second all-time among UT freshmen … caught four passes for 51 yards against TCU.
High School: Coached by Mike Machado at Valley Christian High School …an all-league honoree who missed most of his senior season due to injury, playing in just two games in 2015 … still set career school records of 1,176 yards and 17 touchdowns … ranked No. 165 nationally (No. 30 WR) and No. 30 overall in California by Rivals … rated No. 192 nationally (No. 30 WR) and No. 5 WR in California by Scout … ranked No. 202 nationally (No. 41 WR) and No. 28 overall in California by 247Sports … rated No. 293 nationally (No. 53 WR) and No. 34 overall in California by ESPN … had eight receptions for 156 yards (19.5 ypr) and three touchdowns as a senior prior to suffering an injury … named first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League in 2014 … led the team with 49 receptions for 921 yards (18.8 ypr) and 11 touchdowns as a junior … no other player had more than seven catches … pulled in at least four receptions in nine games … helped Valley Christian to a 9-4 record overall, including a 6-1 league mark, with an appearance in the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals in 2014 … caught 10 passes for 99 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore after seeing time in only six games because of injury in a predominantly run-oriented offense … became the first sophomore wide receiver to start on varsity in school history … helped Valley Christian to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals … played on the Valley Christian freshman team in 2012.
Personal: Born in Los Angeles, Calif. … son of UT All-America defensive back (1976-79) and College Football Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson, who played 10 seasons for the Los Angeles Rams … brother, Kirk, is currently a UT running back … uncle and Johnnie’s brother, Bobby, also played defensive back at UT (1978-81) and were teammates … helped for four years at “Camp for the Stars” which is for down syndrome athletes.