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As a ninth grader at Lafayette High School (MS), Eli Johnson started all thirteen of his varsity games as an offensive tackle. At 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, Johnson was named an all-region selection before being named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team.
An Oxford native, Johnson has already heard from the coaching staff at Ole Miss.
"I've been to their camp and talked to the offensive line coach," Johnson explained. They say they like me a lot. They've invited me back to camp. I like [Ole Miss] a lot. I'm a fan."
"I like [Mississippi] State's program a lot. I like Dan Mullen," Johnson said. "And I like Florida State a lot, too. I like the coaching staff. I'm very open right now.
"I'm not biased at all in terms of my recruitment."
"They've sent me letters and I got to talk to their coaches when they played UGA," Johnson said of UK. "I like Kentucky a lot."
Although Johnson's early success has been based on his performance at right tackle, he's been told that he will make the transition to offensive guard at the next level.
"I started this year at tackle, but coaches have told me I'm projected as a guard at the next level," Johnson explained. "I'll stay at tackle in high school, but make the switch in college."
Success at a young age isn't new for Johnson, who won his regional powerlifting championship as a 13-year-old. Johnson will continue powerlifting as he prepares for college football.
"It's coming up right now," Johnson said of his competitive powerlifting season. "The invitational meet is January 19th, then districts will be in February.
"My goal is to get to the [Mississippi] state meet in April."
After his powerlifting season, Johnson plans to attend football camp at Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
"I'll probably go to Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette, too," Johnson said of his summer plans, "and I'll try to get down to Alabama. I just want to get to as many camps as I can that are close to my hometown."
Although no dates have been set for Johnson's upcoming unofficial visits, he will train with former NFL guard Terrence Metcalf to prepare for his sophomore football season.