Marvin Johnson Visits MSU

Dominguez (Compton, CA) High School's Marvin Johnson, rated the 42nd best cornerback in the nation by, visited Mississippi State this past weekend. What were his impressions?

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"I didn't know what to expect going there," said the 5-10, 185-pounder, who is being recruited as an athlete by the MSU staff. "I just knew it would be a good bit country. But I didn't know about anything else. I was just shocked. I have never seen that many people at a game. The whole stadium was jammed packed."

The dominating performance of the Mississippi State football team also impressed him.

"It surprised me how well their team played," he said of MSU's 35-14 victory over Ole Miss. "I didn't know how good their defense was. Their defense is pretty good. They showed up. I didn't know their running back, (Jerious) Norwood, was that good. He is great."

He also enjoyed being around the State players once the game was over.

"The players were cool," said Marvin. "My player hosts were Quinton (Wesley), Jamar (Chaney) and Adron (Chambers. I was with them the entire time I was there. They talked about how their coaches are, how they don't lie. They keep it real."

Speaking of the coaches, he met MSU head man Sylvester Croom as soon as he and his teammate, Richard Sherman, got into town Saturday morning after playing in a game Friday night.

"I met Coach Croom as soon as I got there," said Marvin, who received his official scholarship offer from Coach Croom last spring. "It looked like he was sizing me up at first (laugh). He was cool. He told me that I would be in for a shock at the game. When the game came, he asked me if I was ready for all of this. It was cool.

"I met him after the game when we went to eat. He was talking to me and told me how he needs playmakers down there. He needs somebody who can make things start happening. He said he likes how I play."

Was there anything that surprised him more than any other thing while on the visit?

"Yep, how friendly the people are," said the youngster. "It didn't matter what you do or who you are, people just came up to you with smiles on their faces and greeted you. Everybody got along with everybody."

Will the distance to Mississippi State be a factor in his choice of a school?

"No, it doesn't matter," he quickly said.

Now that he's had a chance to visit MSU and learn more about them, where do they stand on that all-important recruiting list?

"My top three are Oregon, Idaho and Mississippi State," said Marvin, who plans on visiting Fresno (State) January 6th, Oregon January 13th and Boise State January 20th. "At first, my top two were like Oregon and Idaho. Now, Mississippi State is definitely up there after I've seen how it is. The environment, all the people are cool out there. They have moved up."

Keep it right here to find out which school ultimately wins out for Marvin's signature on signing day.

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