Anthony Johnson found out the good news that he has qualified less than a week ago.
"I found out that I qualified Tuesday or Wednesday. I went on the Clearinghouse (website) and saw it," said the 5-11, 200-pound cornerback. "I was happy that I got it."
And so was the Mississippi State football coach that is recruiting him, Woody McCorvey.
"I can't remember his exact words, but he said something like he was glad that he could get me up there in the spring and add on to the Egg Bowl (victory)," said Anthony. "Coach (Woody) McCorvey should be down here Monday (for an in-home visit)."
Anthony's dad had also called the coaches. And the process of getting Anthony up to State started with that call.
"My daddy called the (MSU) coaches," said Anthony. "I think he called Rockey Felker so that he can get all my paperwork done. And on the 20th (of January), I'll be ready to go. Coach McCorvey said, most likely, I would have to report on the 17th, but school doesn't start until the 20th."
While Anthony's excited that he is about to be a Bulldog, he's also happy to be back in Mississippi's warm weather climate after spending the past few months in Virginia playing for Hargrave Military Academy.
"It was too cold up there," he said. "If it wasn't snowing, there was ice on the ground."
As for the football at Hargrave, he gained some valuable experience playing against college football players.
"We played against college junior varsity teams," said Anthony, who ran a blazing 4.35 second forty yard dash during the annual Hargrave testing day. "We played teams like Kentucky, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Navy, Army, Fort Union Academy. A lot of them didn't let their true freshmen play. Some teams we played had their 5th year seniors and their juniors that were redshirted."
While at Hargrave, Anthony also continued to receive recruiting attention, but he let it be known he was a Bulldog through and through.
"A lot (of college coaches) threw hints or they would come up to me and ask me if I was still committed to Mississippi State," said Anthony. "I would tell them yes sir and they would just go on about their business."
Now he's about to go about his business of being a Mississippi State Bulldog beginning January 20th.
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