Highlands Ranch lineman Austin Johnson commits to CU football

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Austin Johnson, one of the state's top football prospects in the Class of 2019, has committed to the University of Colorado.

Johnson, a junior, announced his decision on Twitter:

Listed at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Johnson is a guard and defensive tackle for Highlands Ranch.

In announcing his decision, Johnson wrote, in part, "No place like home!!!!!"

He is the third member of the 2019 class to pick Colorado, following Valor Christian running back Joshia Davis and Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans.

Johnson also plays basketball and participates in track as a thrower. He has played in 14 games for the Falcons' boys basketball team this winter as a forward.

He will have a new head coach for his senior season. Highlands Ranch hired former Smoky Hill and Montbello coach John Trahan earlier this month.