In a bit of surprise recruiting news, it’s been announced that TCU graduate transfer running back Trevorris Johnson has committed to Oregon State and is immediatly eligible to play this upcoming season. The revelation is a welcome addition to a Beavers depth chart at running back, that is currently composed of potential All Pac-12 rusher Ryan Nall and back-up Artavis Pierce, as well as rash of unproven freshman talent. National College Football Recruiting Insider Ryan Bartow was the first to report the news.
The former Big 12 ball-carrier has a chance to crack the rotation for the Beavers, as he averaged 45.7 carries a year over the past three seasons for head coach Gary Patterson, serving mostly in complimentary roles within the Horned Frogs spread offense. Last season, Johnson carried the ball 41 times in 12 games for TCU, totaling 225 yards (5.5 yard average) and four touchdowns. His most impressive outing of the season came in a 31-9 win over in-state rival Texas, where the Houston native ran for 68 yards on 11 touches, including one score. In his three years for the Horned Frogs, the 5’ 11’, 225 pound back compiled 137 carries for 789 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Johnson can be described as a “down-hill” back, who is combative with defenders at the point of attack and has an impressive burst of speed at the second-level. It was believed that his role at TCU was mostly undefined heading into this summer and that Johnson explored his options before deciding on Oregon State. A highlight video from his time with the Horned Frogs can be found below, although we due issue a warning that the music does feature some explicit language.