Athletic Linebacker Has Tigers In Final Four

This linebacker prospect from Mississippi has Auburn high on his short list of prospective schools.

Vicksburg, Miss.--One of the top defensive prospects in the South has Auburn on his short list heading into crunch time for football recruiting and says that he's really excited about what he sees out of the Tigers this season.

Athletic linebacker Rory Johnson has offers from colleges all over the country, but says that he's narrowed his list to four at the moment with the Tigers squarely in the mix.

Rory Johnson

"It would probably be Nebraska, Auburn, LSU and Southern Miss right now," Johnson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "When I went to Auburn for the Nike Camp I didn't know the campus was that big. I like all the facilities. I also like the way they play their linebackers. They are very aggressive."

Johnson is also hearing from many other schools, including Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, West Virginia, Arizona State, Tennessee and Oklahoma. The number of colelges recruiting him is not surprising considering the many talents of Johnson on the football field. A speedster, he was clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at that very same Nike Camp in Auburn and had a vertical leap just over 33 inches.

A visitor to the Nebraska-Southern Miss game earlier this season, the 6-2 ½, 215-pound Johnson has been busy on the football field trying to get Vicksburg back into the playoffs following last season's 8-4 record. Through six games the team is 3-3 and Johnson has been a driving force behind an improved record in region play. Playing both middle linebacker and outside linebacker, he has 45 total tackles, two sacks and three fumble recoveries. He also plays some tailback in a limited role and has one carry for 15 yards and a touchdown.

As a junior Johnson had 96 tackles, 12 for losses, 10 sacks and three fumble recoveries.

In addition to his exploits on the football field, Johnson is also an accomplished track athlete for Vicksburg in both the 100 meters, 200 meter and relay events. His career-best time in the 100 is 10.7 seconds while he has run a 21.7 in the 200. Both of those times would be good enough to possibly earn him a scholarship in track to a number of colleges, but football is where his future lies.

Johnson appears to be one of the players in Mississippi that Auburn is seriously recruiting this season. A pair of linebackers also hearing from the Tigers are Steve Gandy and Greg Hinds of Southhaven, both of whom are planning to visit the Plains this season.


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