Gene Swindoll -

Tupelo High School linebacker has a handful of early offers to consider.

The 2018 crop of Mississippi football talent is solid once again. The top linebacker in the Magnolia State is Tupelo High product Jett Johnson. Just one month removed from signing day 2017, Johnson has already collected several offers including two SEC programs from his home state.

"Things have been going really good," Jett Johnson said. "I just got done with a tough basketball practice. I play mainly at the four (power forward), but some the five (center). I can play them both. It just sort of depends on the situation. We're kind of a short team."

While Johnson enjoys the hardwood, his college future is on the gridiron. As the spring evaluation period nears, the hard hitting linebacker already has several options to consider. Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Alabama and others have offered. With a a trio of unofficial visit under his belt including junior day events at Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Johnson plans to see all of his early suitors.

"I was supposed to go to Louisville soon, but we are going to be in the quarterfinals," Johnson said. "I really want to make that trip. Louisville is a big time school. I am going down to South Alabama too and see what they have to offer. I am not sure if I will get a chance to see every school that ends up offering me, but I want to see all of the schools that offered me early for sure."

Johnson is not quite ready to name a leader or narrow the field, but the in state opportunities that have been presented have the Magnolia Stater intrigued.

"I really like both of the Mississippi schools a lot," Johnson said. "I grew up watching the greats go through both teams, so I know about both of them. I am just trying to keep an open mind about everything. I am not in any hurry. Right now, I would say that I am looking at a post-season decision.

"I talked with Coach (Brett) Elliot at Mississippi State about everything. He told me that they are pretty limited on spots, but that I didn't have to make a decision right away. He told me he would tell me before I ran out of time. I am not on the clock or anything like that."

While Johnson is not quite ready to tip his hand about his college future, he does have a good idea about what he is looking for at the next level.

"I am really looking for a family type atmosphere," Johnson said. "I am looking for the chance to play early and get an good education, but most of all I am looking for a family. That's real important to me."

Spring football will soon be in full swing for the Golden Wave of Tupelo High. THS had one of the best seasons in school history last fall as they turned in a 12-1 record. The lone loss game in the final game of the season as Tupelo fell in the 6A north half championship. Johnson hopes to build on last season's successes and chase a state title this fall.

"We had a great team last year, but we have most everybody back," Johnson said. "We will miss our seniors, but we have a lot of our starters back this year. I feel like we can have a great season. Coach (Trent) Hammond is always preaching about being a physical football team. We're always working on drills to be more physical. I am sure we will have a real physical team like we always do."

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