Class of 2013 Davion Johnson Update

Byhalia (MS) High School class of 2013 offensive lineman Davion Johnson talks about his talents as a football player and how his recruitment is going.

  • Name: Davion Johnson
  • Classification: 2013
  • High School: Byhalia (MS) High School
  • Position: Offensive Lineman
  • HT: 6-4.5, WT: 315
  • Ranking: Not Rated Yet
  • Colleges Interested: Numerous. Has offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Memphis and Arkansas State

  • Davion not only realizes his talents but things he needs to continue to work on to be the best player that he can be.

    "I am willing to work and do whatever is needed of me for my team," said the 6-4.5, 315-pounder. "I have plenty of athletic ability. I'm not a real cocky player but I know what I can do.

    "The main things I need to work on are my flexibility, staying low and getting my speed down a little bit."

    While he has had great success on the football field, he may have had even more success in the classroom.

    "I'm also hard working in the classroom," said Davion. "Right now, I have a 3.7 gpa."

    It's rare you find an athlete who understands the value of doing well in the classroom at such an early age but Davion is one of those. He explains why he puts so much hard work in his academics.

    "I work hard in the class room because it's mostly due to wanting to do better, not only for me but for my family and the people around me because they look up to me," said the youngster. "Because of that, I feel like I should step up and be a leader. And I need to show it not only on the football field but in the classroom."

    His success athletically and academically has drawn the attention of college coaches literally throughout the nation.

    "I'm receiving a lot of letters from Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, Purdue, Nebraska and Vanderbilt," said Davion.

    One college seems to be showing a little more interest than the others.

    "Alabama seems to be the one most interested in me because they are sending more letters, more personal letters," said Davion, who said he has verbal offers from Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Southern Miss.

    Coaches from a couple of schools recently came by his high school to check in with his head coach about him.

    "(Assistant) Coach (Angelo) Mirando from Mississippi State came by and a couple of recruiting coaches from Alabama have come by our school and talked to my coach about me," said Davion.

    Although early in the process he has several schools that he is somewhat interested in.

    "When I was younger Tennessee stood out to me," said Davion. "Other schools that are kind of close are Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama, schools that aren't too far away from home. But I really haven't narrowed it down yet."

    When the time comes for choosing a college, he has several things he will be looking for.

    "I am looking for a school that will help me (academically and athletically) when I get there and help me later on in life after I graduate," said Davion. "I haven't really decided what I want to major in but that will play a role in it."

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