RECRUITING 2002: Demarcus Johnson Picks the Tide

"I changed my commitment to Alabama," said defensive tackle Demarcus Johnson. "I just didn't have peace about choosing Florida. I got caught up in the hype of the Florida/Tennessee game. After I got back to my room, I realized I didn't make a wise decision and I needed to re-think it."

Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 292-pounder from Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summitt, Mississippi, could help fill a critical need for the Tide defense heading into the 2002 season. His junior college coach believes he may be able to even play beyond a career at Alabama.

"Demarcus is as good as anybody we have ever had," said SMCC Head Coach Dom Green. "He's a big guy that can run. He can rush the passer and he's also very strong and gets off blocks real well. Demarcus has the ability to be an NFL player."

Of course, Johnson would enjoy a career in the National Football League but that was only part of his decision. Making a life after football was also part of the bigger picture.

"I would like to play in the NFL but I would be happy to live in Alabama after college if it didn't work out that way," said Johnson. "I like the area around Tuscaloosa and the job opportunities will be there with a college degree. People in the state of Alabama are good people."

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