January 3, 2011

Johnson sets visits, finalists at 3

Defensive tackle Mickey Johnson has narrowed his choices down to Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee.

The Covington, La., defensive lineman will visit Arkansas the weekend of Jan. 14 and then head to Tennessee the weekend of Jan. 21 for his last two official visits. He took his official visit to LSU in December. He'll make his decision a week after his visit to Tennessee.

"It's going down. I'm getting close to making my decision. I'm planning on making it on January 28," Johnson said about his plans over the next several weeks.

With the dead period ending on Tuesday, Johnson will get back into business mode with just four weeks left until signing day. He's expecting Tennessee defensive backs coach Terry Joseph to drop in sometime this week, as well as coaches from LSU and Arkansas.

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound lineman had good things to say about the three programs and broke down why those three schools are still in consideration for his signature.

"For LSU, they have a great academic program. They put a lot of money into building that program up. They have a big college of communications academic center and it was a multi-million dollar investment. They graduate their players at a pretty fast rate. Also, that coaching staff over there is second to none. I watched them practice and the coaches are involved with everything the players do. It's just a wonderful place to be from what I've seen so far," Johnson explained.

"Arkansas, coach Bobby (Petrino) came by. He's a cool guy. Coach Robinson, along with coach K are cool guys. I'm just going to take my official visit and just see what they have to offer.

"Tennessee and coach (Derek) Dooley, I've spoken to him many times and he's kept it real with me, telling me it depends on how hard I work, it depends on what I'm doing in the classroom, is going to get me on the field. He's not telling me that I can play right away, which is a pretty straight-up guy to me. They have a good program with young guys and they did pretty good this year."

While on his last two visits Johnson plans to take a look at both the academic and athletics side of things.

"Just looking at what majors they offer and how the coaches interact with the players. How hard the coaches push the players and that type of deal," Johnson added.

With a finishing date in sight, Johnson said he's excited to know the process is ending soon, but also sees his recruitment as a privilege.

"I'm going to be happy, but it's going to be a little upsetting because it's been fun and it only happens once," Johnson said.

Rivals.com rates Johnson a four-star prospect and the No. 188 player in the country.


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