Continuing the tradition

Charlie Strong and the Texas staff continued their momentum on the recruiting trail Thursday morning with the verbal pledges of two brothers with Longhorns ties.

Charlie Strong and the Texas staff continued their momentum on the recruiting trail Thursday morning with the verbal pledges of San Jose (CA) Valley Christian brothers Kirk Johnson (2015 athlete) and Collin Johnson (2016 wide receiver).

"Have just committed to play football at UT w/ my brother," Collin Johnson tweeted out.

Kirk followed with, "Committed to the University of Texas! Hook'Em!"

The duo traveled to Texas this morning and made their decision on campus. Kirk is the ninth commitment of the 2015 class and Collin is the first member of Ut's 2016 class.

It really came as no surprise that they committed to Texas despite living halfway across the country. Their father is former Texas all-American defensive back Johnny Johnson.

And ever since the duo picked up their offers from Strong during Texas' second junior day on March 1, they've both had Texas in the lead.

"It has been great and stressful at times," Collin Johnson said on April 2. "I'm trying to just enjoy it because some kids would die to be in my position. I have visited Cal and Texas so far. They are both nice campuses but I am favoring Texas a little more because of my relationship with the coaching staff and what they are trying to accomplish down in Austin."

Collin (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) chose the Longhorns over offers from Arizona State, Cal, Colorado State, Oregon State, Rutgers, TCU, and Utah.

"Texas just feels like home," Collin said. They are family here. It was only right to commit. I can't wait to carry on the legacy of the last name 'Johnson.'"

Here is some video from a recent camp he attended:

Kirk (5-11, 190) is a three-star prospect rated as the No. 57 running back in the country. But he can also split out wide if needed.

"It feels great," he said. "I can't wait until my first game against Notre Dame.

He chose Texas over offers from Arizona, California, Colorado State, San Jose State, Utah, and Washington.