Class of 2016 DB Desmond Johnson Camps at MSU

J.O. Johnson (AL) High School class of 2016 defensive back Desmond Johnson talks about his camp experience at Mississippi State.

  • Name: Desmond Johnson
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: JO Johnson High School (Huntsville, AL)
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • HT: WT: 6-foot, 184
  • Ranking: NR
  • Schools Of Interest: Alabama A&M, Army, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Navy, Tennessee State, Samford, Stanford

  • "I really enjoyed the camp, especially (Mississippi State cornerback) Coach (Deshea) Townsend," said Johnson, who ran a 4.46 forty-yard dash during the camp, which was a personal best. "In my opinion, he is one of the best DB coaches in the NCAA. And he has the facts to prove it. He's played in the Super Bowl, played a long time in the NFL. It was a blessing to be coached by him. It was basically a dream come true.

    "He helped me perfect my craft. He helped me with my footwork and my ball skills. Those are the main focal points in being a great DB. And I believe I perfected my craft a lot more today."

    Not only did he like Mississippi State, he also enjoyed the city Mississippi State is located in, Starkville.

    "I really enjoy it here," said Johnson. "It is a lot like my hometown of Huntsville. It is not too big and it is not too small. It is a mid-level city."

    Johnson, like so many other football prospects, is doing a camp tour.

    "I have participated in camps at Alabama A&M, Troy, Arkansas State, Michigan and Mississippi State," said Johnson. "I plan on going to camps at UT-Chattanooga, Southern Miss, Jackson State, UT-Martin, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern."

    Johnson, also an excellent student in the classroom with a 3.6 gpa, is receiving a lot of recruiting interest with four schools having extended offers.

    "I have four offers, Alabama A&M, Army, Navy and Samford," said Johnson. "Memphis and TSU are showing a lot of love. And, hopefully, I can pick up Mississippi State. That would be a blessing. Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern really like me. And Georgia State."

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