Rory Johnson Update

Rory Johnson, a sophomore at Hinds Community College this coming fall, has the size and speed to be a dominating linebacker on the D-I level. Gene's Page caught up with Rory to see how his recruiting is going.

Rory Johnson Profile:

The last time I talked to Rory was February of this year. It was rumored that he had committed to Mississippi State. He told me that while a heavy lean he wasn't committed. Once again there are reports that he has committed to State.

When asked about that, here's what Rory had to say.

"No, not yet, but I still like Mississippi State more than anybody else," said the former Mississippi State signee. "I am really, really strong about going back to Mississippi State. I told their coach that is recruiting me, Brick Haley, that I still want to come to Mississippi State real bad."

Considering that he is so adamant about attending MSU, but hasn't committed yet, I asked if his scholarship offer from them was still on the table?

"Yes sir, I still believe I have an offer from them," said the 6-2, 235-pounder. "I have talked to the (MSU) coaches and they told me how much they still want me to come (to MSU)."

Is he thinking about any other schools other than Mississippi State?

"I am probably thinking about a couple of other schools, but Mississippi State is still where I want to go," said Rory. "That is still my school, though."

When asked what other schools are showing attention in him, he mentioned two.

"My mom told me that Southern Miss has been calling me again," said Rory. "And Ole Miss, too. They are back in it again."

How do those three schools stack up if the choices are high, medium and low?

"Mississippi State is high, while Southern Miss and Ole Miss are both medium," said Rory.

Does he have an idea when he will commit?

"I think right at the start of the football season," Rory said

You would think more schools would be showing interest in a big, fast linebacker who plans to commit early, but part of the reason they may not be is due to a knee injury he suffered as a senior in high school. He also suffered a few minor injuries as a freshman in junior college, but, according to Rory, all of his injuries are a thing of the past.

"My knee is back to 100% and I'm running faster now," said Rory, who recorded 90+ tackles as a freshman in junior college.

And he's not kidding about running faster. As a senior in high school, he ran a 4.4 forty and a 10.9 100 meters. Since then, he has cut his forty speed down significantly.

"I ran a 4.28 (forty) at school late this spring," said Rory. "Four of our coaches timed me. They didn't believe it, but I told them that I was about to run it. I ran it again and ran a 4.3 the second time."

Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom has stated several times that he is looking for fast players. Well, there is no doubt that Rory Johnson fits that requirement to a tee.

Keep it right here to see if Rory makes happy men of Coach Croom and his staff with a commitment to them early in the fall.

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Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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