OL Prospect Johnson Looking For First Offer

Offensive lineman Nick Johnson is hoping to see his recruiting take off this spring.

Dadeville, Ala.--Saturday's Alabama MVP Camp at Prattville High School featured had top prospects in attendance as well as many players hoping to show they can play with the big boys. One of the players eager to show his stuff was Dadeville High School offensive lineman Nick Johnson.

A 6-2, 250-pounder who plays tackle for the Tigers, Johnson had a chance to show what he can do against some outstanding defensive linemen on Saturday. Among them was Prattville standout Justin Shanks. Holding his own against the four-star tackle and winning his share of the battles when the two went head to head, Johnson notes that overall it was a great experience for him.

"It was a great camp," Johnson says. "I think I did pretty good. I hope I proved myself a lot going there with no offers. Everything went well. Several of the coaches said I needed some offers because there was no way I should be competing like I did and not have any.

"It boosts my confidence a lot," he says about doing well against the top guys. "When we come into the season I know I'll be able to beat just about anybody. Justin is one of the top players and there were other good players in competed against as well."

It has been since February of 1996 since Dadeville has had a player sign with a Division I school. That year Rodney Crayton signed with (Auburn) and Regis Brooks signed with (UAB). That will change this year though as last week Darrion Hutcherson committed to Auburn and will sign with the Tigers in February.

Johnson is not the only talented player for the Tigers though. The defensive line is loaded with prospects such as seniors Rashad Blackwell and Serdarryan Pulliam and junior Rod Crayton. Going against those guys has made him a better player, Johnson says.

"It has helped me a lot. Growing up with them and playing with them all my life we've always talked about playing together. Seeing how everyone is blowing up right now is a good thing. Going up against them every day in practice with guys that are D-One material makes me better and it makes them better. It has done a lot for me."

Seeing Hutcherson get offers and subsequently make a commitment is something that Johnson says helped him as well. Knowing his dream is a possibility is pushing him even harder to become a better player. "It makes us hungrier," he says. "Darrion is a great player. I always tell him that he's good and he's going to be something. When he committed I wasn't at school, but he told me. He told me it was time to make his decision and all I told him was to do his thing. To see him do that was great."

Saying that he would like to play in the SEC or ACC, Johnson notes that he's hearing from several colleges at the moment and is hoping to get some offers once the spring evaluation period is done.

"I was really interested in Vanderbilt when we went up there and I like South Alabama too," Johnson says. "They are two great schools. I like them and, of course, Auburn and Alabama."

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