ALTO, TX (KTRE) - The Tulsa Hurricanes are going to get this year's East Texas rushing leader Keenen Johnson.
"It feels like a big breath of relief. All the hard work paid off. The Lord blessed me to be in this situation and I'm just thankful I can make my family proud," said Johnson.
The Alto Yellowjacket ran for 2,669 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Johnson has been a true leader in Alto. As the starting quarterback the past two seasons, he's lead the team into the postseason each year and finished with a 22-2 overall record.
Tulsa will throw something new at Johnson as they plan on placing him in a slot receiver role rather than being a quarterback.
"I never played receiver but playing quarterback and being an athlete on both sides of the ball, I feel like it prepared me pretty well," said Johnson.
Both Tulsa and North Texas threw strong pitches to Johnson later in the recruiting process, but the Mean Green got bested in the end by the Hurricanes.
"After visiting both schools I felt like Tulsa had more to offer. They are great academically and I just feel like it's a right fit for me," said Johnson. "Tulsa, I hadn't heard from them until right towards the end and then I got an offer from North Texas. It's kind of crazy how things play out in the end."
Johnson is the first Division I signee for third-year head football coach Paul Gould. The senior said after his experience playing in Alto, he's ready to make the town proud on the national stage.
"I wouldn't have done it anywhere else. I love it here. I grew up here and it helped me grow as an athlete, a person and I thank Alto for everything they've done for me," said Johnson.