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."