How Solid is Rishaw Johnson?

Although he has verbally committed to Ole Miss, Rishaw Johnson said the notion of staying in-state is something that he has been thinking about more and more of late.

The 6'4", 315-pound offensive guard out of Hammond High School attended LSU's July camp, garnering a lot of one-on-one attention from offensive line coach Stacey Searels.


"I talked to him last week," said Johnson. "He just told me how much they really need me and that he would like to keep me home. I'd love to play in- state."


Johnson also said he likes talking with tight ends coach Josh Henson and the other coaches on staff.


"He's a really cool guy," said Johnson. "I can talk to him about anything. He's just a real cool dude."


Johnson has received offers from Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss. He said he committed to Ole Miss after a good camp over the summer.


"I went up there and I just liked everything," said Johnson. "I really just felt at home there."


After his time at LSU's camp, he said LSU has been a team he has really been considering.


"I love the stadium, the weight room and everything," said Johnson. "There are a lot of people in that stadium on a Saturday night. Last season, I went to like every home game. I'll more than likely schedule my official visit for the Ole Miss game. Even if it's not my official visit, I'll probably make it to that one."


When asked what percentage he felt committed to Ole Miss, Johnson said he didn't want to say. However, he did describe his ideal school.


"Playing time of course will be big," said Johnson. "Everybody wants to play. I want to be cool with the coaches and just absorbing the surroundings and the history of the program."


Johnson said he did have a few personal goals for next season.


"I want to make all-state and grade out at 90 percent or higher in every game," Johnson said. "That's what I'm pushing for right now."


Note** Johnson said he has a 2.4 GPA and scored a 17 on his ACT.


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