One of the latest quality players is defensive end Tristian Johnson. "He's 6-foot-2 and a half, about 220 pounds. He's got a lot of room to grow," said Pardue. "He tied for the best 10 yard time in the Iron Man competition," said Pardue. The Iron Man competition is an annual contest held between LaGrange Football players, testing their physical talents against each other.
"He's just got to become a better football player and getting bigger and stronger will help him at the college level," said Pardue. Johnson has a frame that can add more size and strength comfortably. If you add in his 4.7 40 time, you have a quality defensive end.
Johnson is being recruited by mostly conference USA programs, along with Kentucky, Ole Miss, Akron and Troy. But right now, he has one team out in front. "He's leaning towards UK," said Pardue, a Hopkinsville Kentucky native. "I need to talk to him about when he's going to make his decision," said Pardue.
In 11 games last year, Johnson picked up 79 tackles, 10 for a loss, one sack, three fumbles recovered, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.