Interest Growing In Versatile Athlete

One of the top athletes in Alabama this year talks about the recruiting process and his busy summer.

Moundville, Ala.--A fast riser up the recruiting charts this summer has been athlete Antonio Johnson from Hale County High.

A 6-0, 170 speedster who plays quarterback in high school, Johnson is being looked at as a wide receiver or defensive back by college coaches from across the Southeast. He says that since his performance at a ScoutSouth Combine in the spring colleges have shown much more interest in him as a prospect.

"I'm adding more schools every day and I have been to some camps," Johnson says. "I'm hearing from Florida, Miami, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and several others."

While many schools have been added to Johnson's list in the last two months, the one school that has remained a constant has been Auburn. The first college to show him a great deal of interest, Johnson says the Tigers were the first to talk about offering him a scholarship, but so far it hasn't happened.

"I was supposed to receive an offer from Auburn back in the spring," Johnson notes. "That's what my coach told me. I haven't gotten it yet so I'm still not sure if they've offered me. That's it at the moment."

Using speed clocked at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a camp at Troy this summer, Johnson earned All-State honors as a junior after he rushed for 1,242 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also added 760 yards passing and 12 touchdowns through the air. Throw in 345 return yards and you have a versatile athlete capable of helping a team at many different positions on the next level, but for now he remains a quarterback.

"The spring went good," Johnson says. "They still have me at quarterback. I had a few college coaches come by and watch me and evaluate me this spring. That was fun. Most of them are recruiting me as an athlete. Alabama is recruiting me as a corner because Coach Pendry and Coach Saban like my foot speed to be a corner. Plus, I have a 41-inch vertical leap."

Physically well put together with a 280-pound bench press, Johnson also stands out as the point guard on the basketball team and averaged 11 points per game as a junior. Still, it's football that should be be his ticket to the next level and because of that he says he wants to hit as many summer camps as possible before his senior season begins.

"I have camped at Troy and Mississippi State," Johnson says. "They both went good. I'm going to camp at both Alabama and Tennessee Tech as well. I also may be attending Auburn's camp on July 14."

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