Duke Remains Strong For Johnson

Dezmond Johnson, defensive end from Nashville-Overton Comp, Tenn., has received a couple of scholarship offers. He is receiving interest from the in-state schools as well. Johnson updated the latest with his recruitment.

"I still just have offers from Ole Miss and Duke," said Dezmond Johnson. "Vanderbilt is showing some interest. I have talked to one of the coaches from Tennessee. They have showed some interest. That is about it."

"I talked to one of the Tennessee coaches on Friday. He was basically saying they had some interest in me. That is about it. I didn't really have a long conversation. He got my name and address."

Johnson is keeping busy with AAU basketball and has not traveled to any schools as of late. He hopes to check out a couple of programs before the 2009 season.

"I haven't been anywhere," he said. "I plan on trying to attend some camps this summer. I would probably like to go to Ole Miss and Duke. Those two have offered scholarships. I am not sure where else I will go yet. I know I will try to get to some more places."

The rigors of the second sport has not afforded much time for any additional thoughts of football favorites.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Johnson said. "I don't really know when I would make a decision. I do AAU basketball. We practice, then go home from school. I haven't really had time to sit down to think about anything."

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound athlete is hoping to improve in a few areas on the gridiron during spring practice.

"We start spring practice this Friday," Johnson said. "I am probably trying to get better at coming off the ball quicker. I want to work on my hand technique."

Johnson talked about the two programs which have offered, and his interest in the out-of-state schools.

"Both have really good educations," he said. "Duke is one of the top schools in education. It costs a lot of money to get in both."

"Ole Miss had a good season. They beat Florida and won the bowl game. Duke is a program on the rise. Both are programs on the rise."

"Education is first at both of those programs. Once you get your education you want to come out as a good young man rather than someone who doesn't know what they are doing. T

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