Class of 2005 Prospect - TN RB Marsalous Johnson

Marsalous Johnson (Smyrna (TN) HS, 5-9, 183, 4.5) is an outstanding running back from the state of Tennessee. Marsalous, who committed to Tennessee on June 21st, remains strongly committed, but is visiting other schools.

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Even though he is looking at quite a few of the other SEC schools, Tennessee commitment Marsalous Johnson still appears to be solidly in the Tennessee camp. When asked if he is still a Tennessee commitment, he quickly and confidently said, "Yes. My situation right now is I am going to UT. It's just that I'm still looking, but Tennessee is basically where I am going to go."

What schools is he specifically looking at? "I'm thinking about Ole Miss, UK, Alabama, Georgia...a lot of SEC schools," remarked Marsalous. "I'm just trying to experience a lot of things and look at all of my options, but UT is where I am going to go."

Although he didn't specifically name them, he did say that he recently took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State. What were some things that led him to make the journey down to Bulldogland? "(Head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom, he seems like he is a great coach and he knows what he is talking about," said Marsalous. "Coach (Shane) Beamer is a great coach. He is the one recruiting me. I've liked him ever since I went down on Junior Day. He seems like he is a pretty good coach and really wants me down there. That's what I like about Mississippi State."

After taking his visit, what was his impression of Mississippi State? "I liked all of the coaches," explained Marsalous. "They seemed like they were pretty good at what they were doing and knew what they were talking about." However, despite the favorable impression, Marsalous quickly let it be known which school is the one he will end up at. "They acted like they really wanted me down there, but they also know that I'm committed to Tennessee and that I really want to go to Tennessee."

Despite saying "this is very tough," when asked about the recruiting process, there is very little doubt where Marsalous wants to end up playing when it comes to college.

Will something change his mind? It's highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened when it comes to recruiting.

Stayed tuned for additional updates during the upcoming season on this highly recruited running back.

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