Rory Johnson Has One at the Top

Hinds Community College linebacker Rory Johnson has several schools showing interest in him, but one school is at the top of his list.

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"Mississippi State is still my number one, but everybody else is in the mix and close," said the 6-2, 240-pounder who signed with Mississippi State as a high school senior.

Schools that are showing interest are, according to Rory, "Mississippi State, Nebraska, LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss. I believe, for the most part, all of them have offered (scholarships)."

And two of those are calling him on a consistent basis.

"Ole Miss and Mississippi State are calling me weekly," said Rory, who was ranked by Scout.com as the 26th best player and 2nd best linebacker in the southeast as a senior at Vicksburg (MS) High School. "From Mississippi State, Brick, Brick Haley calls me. From Ole Miss, Coach Hughes calls me."

As for official visits, both schools are going to set them up in the future.

"Ole Miss talked about an official visit when he called me this week," Rory said. "We haven't set it up, yet. Mississippi State is going to set one up, too."

Rory explained what he will be looking for when it comes time to choose a college.

"I want to go somewhere where I can play early," said Rory, who may graduate in December, but more likely in May.

Rory, who injured his knee as a senior in high school, said his knee is fine now.

"I'm 100% now," he said. "I'm running like I used to. In fact, I've gotten faster."

And his stats back up that statement.

"I've made 23 tackles in two games, 13 the first game," said Rory. "I've also had a forced fumble and a recovered fumble."

We'll keep you abreast of the latest news on Rory throughout the season and throughout his recruiting process.


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