Four coming after Brookhaven lineman the hardest

Jeffery Johnson out of Brookhaven is one of the top defensive linemen in the state of Mississippi. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound nose guard has gathered early offers from the likes of FSU, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He visited three of those schools in the past few weeks. Below he gives us his thoughts on each visit.

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It wasn't long ago that the Brookhaven star didn't have a Power 5 offer. That all changed in one day.

"I got an offer from Florida State about five weeks ago," Johnson recalled. "Ole Miss and MSU offered me later that day. That's when it all really started. It's been crazy ever since."

Johnson has picked up recent offers from LSU, Alabama, Florida, Louisville, and Southern Mississippi. He took in trips to three of his top school in the past month.

"I've been to Florida State, Ole Miss and LSU recently. My coach is taking me and a teammate to ULL today."


The first stop was to Ole Miss.

"My mom and stepfather took me. We all had a really good time. That was the first time they had been up there. I have been up there several times for games and things like that, but I had never had a chance to really sit down with their coaches on the past trips like I did this time. I learned that they are a program based off family and faith. They have really good coaches. They don't want you to just get something done; they want you to do it to the best of your ability. We went over the things they had to offer on their campus and what their football players go through."

The Southern hospitality at Ole Miss stood out the most.

"I just like the way they treated us. It kind of felt like home because they treated us like family. My mom and step dad had a really good time too. They enjoyed themselves. We all did."

Jeffery's recruiter at Ole Miss is also a factor.

"I just like coach (Derrick) Nix. He's always checking up on me and my parents. Coach Nix just wants me to focus on my goals. He wants to see his players go far in life and not just in football. We have a real good relationship."

The trip to Tallahassee also went well.

"My mom took me on that trip. I really enjoyed it. They are a really good school and provide a great education. It's a beautiful school. They are big on education and prepare you for life after football."

What stood out about the Noles the most?

"They have really good facilities and great coaches. They are big on education and that's the most important thing. I'm worried about my education the most. I would like to major in Business so I'm really looking at their business programs."

The last trip was the closest to his house.

"My coach took me and Trey to LSU. I really enjoyed it. They have nice coaches. It was my first time to get to talk to coach O. He's a really energized coach. I use to live in Baton Rouge and have a lot of family still there. It's closer to home than Ole Miss or FSU."

The excitement that the LSU staff had when Johnson arrived is what stands out.

"I just liked how excited they were to see me. They also have great facilities and provide a lot of opportunities for me."

Anybody else pushing as hard as LSU, Ole Miss, and FSU?

"MSU is really trying to influence me to commit. They tell me anytime I'm ready to commit they are waiting on me. They always tell me how excited they are for me to possibly be a part of their family. I've never been up there and just talked to their coaches in a one-on-one setting like I have at Ole Miss, LSU and FSU, but I have a lot of family and friends who go there. I've been up there for several football games. Every time I'm on their campus it feels like home. I also have a teammate (Leo Lewis) who goes there. State has known about me for a while. They are always asking about me."

It looks like the All-Area selection will wait until after his senior season before deciding.

"I don't want to make my decision until after my season is over. I want to enjoy my recruitment and not rush into it. I don't want to make a mistake and make my decision too early. I want to take all of my official visits after my season and just enjoy the process."

Jeffery collected 51 tackles and nine sacks as a junior.


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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