Brookhaven defensive tackle stops by Sunday to meet with their coaches

Jeffery Johnson out of Brookhaven, Miss., made the trek to Oxford Sunday to meet up with the Ole Miss coaches. How did the return trip go?

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"Great," Johnson said about the visit. "Me and a friend came up there. We were supposed to see a concert for Double Decker but it was cancelled due to the rain. We just spent the day with the Ole Miss coaches at their indoor facility."

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle attended a Junior Day event at Ole Miss earlier this spring. This trip was about getting more one-on-one time with their coaches.

"I was supposed to meet up with coach (Hugh) Freeze earlier Sunday morning, but we couldn't get off in time because of the weather. When we got up there we hung out with coaches (Derrick) Nix and (Freddie) Roach for the afternoon. I have a solid relationship with those guys. They check up on me everyday. It was just another opportunity to hang out with them. We are continuing to build relationships. It's going great."

What did the Ole Miss coaches have to say?

"They were telling me about the opportunities I had if I came up to Ole Miss. They have some guys graduating on their line next seasons so some spots are going to come open. But we mostly talked about their family environment."

It was also another chance to test out how long it takes to get up to Oxford from Brookhaven.

"When you think about it; it's only a 3 1/2 hour drive from home. They have a homey environment up there. I just like the vibe I get when I'm up there. I plan to come back up there and work out with them for a couple days at their camp. I'm looking forward to getting to work out with their coaches."

Jeffery has visited FSU, ULL, LSU and Ole Miss this spring. It looks like three of those programs are coming after him the hardest.

"I would say LSU, Ole Miss and FSU are coming after me the hardest. You could put Louisville up there too."

"I like the LSU coaches, and I kind of grew up in Baton Rouge when I was a kid. I didn't move to Brookhaven until I was a little older."

"The FSU staff is great. I also like their facilities, and how they have everything set up for you academically."

"I just like the Ole Miss football program and how invested they are into their program. I also like the vibe I get when I'm up there. It has a homey feeling to it."

Johnson doesn't plan to take anymore visits until he wraps up his spring practices. A decision doesn't seem to be pending.

"I have a lot of thinking to do. I really want to take it slow. I'll probably make it at the end of my season or maybe sometime during it, but I don't plan to make a decision before it."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at

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