With 48 scholarship offers, Mickey Johnson will close his recruitment process as one of the most sought after 2011 prospects from the Bayou State.
Now the 6-foot-1, 310-pounder just has to choose a destination.
“I am going to decide between LSU, Tennessee and Arkansas,” said Johnson. “I want to play in the SEC, and all three of those schools would be a good fit for me. I’m just trying to weigh out all my options and talk with my parents and then make the decision.”
In hopes of finding the right fit, Johnson laid out the three options on a piece paper with lines separating each school. He listed the positives and the negatives, and then he took score.
“I just felt like that was the best way for me to know what I liked and disliked about each school, and it drives home what places might be best for you,” he said. “All three schools are great institutions academically and athletically, so I know I can’t go wrong.
“As for my pick, it’s a really tough call, but I think I am ready to make it.”
LSU sent defensive backs coach Ron Cooper to Covington last week to check in on Johnson. He visited Arkansas on an official two weeks ago before closing out with a trip to Tennessee this past weekend. Johnson is set to compete in a powerlifting tournament this weekend, which will in turn prevent him from any additional visits.
“Coach Cooper came and saw me at the library and we just talked about where I am at,” said Johnson. “He’s always been up front with me and the LSU side.
“I probably have my closest bonds with Brick Haley at LSU and now Chuck Smith at Tennessee. They both have spent time in the NFL and are really great coaches and people. They both could show me a whole lot about the position, so I’d be fortunate to play for either guy. They could take my game to that next level.”
Johnson plans to keep his decision low key. Currently, no plans for an announcement are set at St. Paul’s.
“I will just wake up Friday morning and then call the coach from whatever school I pick,” he said. “My parents will talk it all out with me, and I know in the end they just want me to be comfortable.”