"My visit to Alabama went real well," said defensive tackle Demarcus Johnson. "I liked it a lot. I was very impressed but I didn't commit because I still have three other visits left to take. Alabama is at the top right now but it all depends on how the rest of my visits go." Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 292-pounder from Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Mississippi, could be the true tackle the defense needs to rebound in 2002.

Johnson is also scheduled to visit Central Florida, Clemson, and Auburn. His decision will come no later than shortly after those visits because he projects as a December graduate.

"I'm leaving for Central Florida on Friday," said Johnson. "After that, I go to Clemson on December 1st and Auburn on December 7th. I plan to make my decision the week after my last visit but I could make it sooner if I feel like it's the best thing to do."

Johnson is on his second round of the recruiting process after being recruited as a prep senior. Consequently, he is less naive to the pitch of college coaches and his attendance at the Alabama/Mississippi State game allowed him to verify the word of the Alabama coaching staff.

"They all tell you there is playing time available but you don't know for sure until you see for yourself," said Johnson. "I saw that Alabama has a need for a defensive tackle and I feel like I can come in and play right away."

Johnson was hosted by his former teammate at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida, current Alabama wide receiver Antonio Carter. He also met other Alabama players who made him feel welcomed.

"Antonio is my home boy," said Johnson. "I also got to meet Shaud Williams, Kenny King, Kindal Moorehead, and some of the other guys. They all made me feel good about Alabama."

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