Posted April 7th, 2006 by Brian
Filed under: Football, Recruiting

John Brantley’s commitment last week gives the Texas Longhorns eighteen for the 2007 class, or five more commits than last year’s hot start and about thirteen more than any other school. Due to scholarship limits, the Horns are probably looking at taking five more in this class. Running back Lennon Creer, offensive tackle Tray Allen, and defensive end Richetti Jones are three blue chippers the Horns are going hard after and have a good shot of landing.

Here are my thoughts on the latest four recruits to commit to play for the Longhorns:

John Brantley IV, Quarterback

John Brantley IVFirst off, from listening to his press conference on Wednesday John and his family are real quality people. His father was a Florida Gator but John III wants what is best for his son, “Johnny’s just decided he wants to be a Longhorn and that’s the beauty of being an American.” Seems there’s a lot of dads thinking the same thing and sending their sons to play for the University of Texas in 2007.

Brantley is 6-foot-3 and still a little lanky, one of the reasons they chose Texas was that he would be allowed a redshirt season to develop and put some weight on. I think about 95% of QB’s could use a redshirt year, so it’s refreshing to hear a young man put so much value in that extra development. The extra year will also put a little more space between him and Jevan Snead and Colt McCoy. Smart kid, big strong arm, and excellent athleticism make him one of the nation’s best quarterback prospects and possibly the next great Longhorn QB.

Judging by the classy way they handled their press conference and the comments from both Mr. Brantleys, I can’t imagine a repeat of what happened with our last out-of-state 5-star QB commit. John Brantley is a man of his word and will sign with the Texas Longhorns in February 2006.

John Chiles, Quarterback/Athlete

John ChilesProbably the best pure athlete in the state. Chiles has legit 4.4 speed and athleticism that will remind you of a certain former Longhorn quarterback. He’s 4 inches shorter and isn’t the complete physical freak Vince Young is, but is rated the number two player in the state and has special ability. A dual-threat quarterback who needs more development as a passer but has a strong arm and a more prototypical throwing motion than Young.

Chiles will definitely be an impact player for the Longhorns somewhere. He’ll get his chance at quarterback because of his amazing upside, but he could also end up being a gamebreaking wide receiver. John just needs to be on the field somewhere and needs the ball in his hands. I don’t know where he ends up, but I’m excited to see him in the burnt orange.

Cody Johnson, Fullback

Cody JohnsonColton “Cody” Johnson is definitely an intelligent kid. He chose to commit to the University of Texas as a fullback over an offer to be probably the fifth or sixth “next LaDainian Tomlinson” for the Aggies. You’ve got to respect a kid that knows he won’t be coming in at the exact position he wants to play but still chose his favorite school.

Watching his film you can easily see why Johnson is often compared to former Longhorn great Ricky Williams, who also spent his freshman year as a fullback. He’s a big, strong kid (somewhere between 225 and 250 pounds) who has good quickness and vision. I think Johnson will get a shot to prove himself at tailback when he gets on campus and if he ends up at fullback he’ll give the Horns a dimension they haven’t had at the position in a long time. I think it depends on how the other guys do, the offense being run, and what the team needs are as much as how Johnson performs.

Malcolm Williams, Wide Receiver

Malcolm WilliamsBig, fast, and talented. Malcolm Williams missed half of last season with injuries, but he possesses the prototypical size and athleticism that colleges are looking for in a wide receiver. With Gilmer’s Curtis Brown likely headed to the defensive side of the ball, Williams was the Longhorns’ number one target at wide receiver and that says a lot about what t.

There’s also a chance the Horns look out of state at a player like Brantley’s Trinity Catholic teammate Dion Lecorn. There’s a few more top tier guys in-state, so the fact that the staff hasn’t extended scholarship offers to any of them probably means they’re not Mack Brown guys or they’re done at the position. The Horns have a pretty solid young receiving corps on campus, signed three (or four if you count Deon Beasley) in the last class, and John Chiles might also end up at the position in the long run.

Since Williams plays for Garland and is located near the Bevo Sports compound, we might be able to check him out in person this fall.

Commit List
Name Pos Rating* Hometown
John Brantley QB ***** Ocala, FL
Curtis Brown WR **** Gilmer, TX
Russell Carter DE **** Houston, TX
John Chiles QB ***** Mansfield, TX
Jerrod Gooch OL *** Vidor, TX
Kyle Hix OL **** Aledo, TX
Ahmard Howard TE *** Brenham, TX
Michael Huey OL *** Kilgore, TX
Cody Johnson FB **** Waller, TX
Andre Jones DT **** El Paso, TX
Aundre McGaskey OL **** La Marque, TX
Matt Nader OL **** Austin, TX
Zack Pianalto TE *** Springdale, AR
Keenan Robinson LB **** Plano, TX
Earl Thomas ATH **** Orange, TX
Ben Wells DB **** Beaumont, TX
Foswhitt Whittaker RB *** Pearland, TX
Malcolm Williams WR **** Garland, TX

*Note: The star ratings are just my best guesses based on the little bit of video I’ve seen of the recruits and’s Lone Star Top 100.


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  1. […] Judging by the classy way they handled their press conference and the comments from both Mr. Brantleys, I can�t imagine a repeat of what happened with our last out-of-state 5-star QB commit. John Brantley is a man of his word and will sign with the Texas Longhorns in February 2006. source […]

  2. reply to  #2

    Courtney Kelley

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