Another Granger High on UK

LaGrange High (Ga.) defensive end Tristian Johnson is another prospect on the board for Rich Brooks and his Kentucky Wildcat coaching staff. LaGrange is the home of several current Wildcats and one other future Wildcat, Qua Huzzie. KSR caught up with LaGrange coach Steve Pardue about Johnson and his recruitment.

You can tell a lot about a football program by how they react to their records. "We were eight and three last season," said Pardue. "That was our worst record since 1999. We hope to do better next season," he finished. An eight win season is one to celebrate or at least be satisfied with most programs, but not for LaGrange. The football talent to come out of that high school over the years is proof that they are a quality program that produces top-notch players.

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.


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