Anthony Johnson displays skills at Ole Miss camp

Provine's program has a proud history of producing great athletes. This year's gem looks to be Anthony Johnson. Anthony had over 630 receiving yards last season on offense and 7 interceptions on defense. Most colleges have pegged Johnson as a shut down corner, while some believe he could be another Freddie Millons. Which ever position the 2003 All-State performer ends up at, someone will be getting a difference maker, as Anthony is one of the elite prospects in the state of Mississippi.

Anthony camped at Ole Miss’ Senior Camp last month. We called to see how his visit went.

The following information was revealed during our interview with Mr. Johnson:

What are your current height, weight, and forty time? “Well, I am 5’ 11” with my shoes on, but about 5’ 10” without my shoes (laugh). So you know, you put what ever you want to (laugh). My weight has gone up in the past few months. I have put on about 15 pounds. I am up to 195 now. My forty time, well, I was timed at a 4.4 at the Ole Miss camp.”

Which position are you being recruited to play on the next level? “I think mostly I am being recruited for defensive back, cornerback.”

What are your strengths on the field? “My quickness, my speed, and my jumping ability are my strengths.”

What do you need to work on for the next level? “Right now, I am just trying to work on my body strength.”

How long have you been starting for Provine? “Going into this year, I have been starting at wide receiver since my 10th grade season. This will be going on my third year.”

Have you played any cornerback during that time frame? “Last year I did. I started both ways.”

What were your stats for the season? “On offense, I had 24 catches for 639 yards and 11 TD’s. On defense, I had 7 interceptions, and I brought back one of them for a 87 yard TD. I do not know how many tackles I had. “

Any awards for your play? “Yes sir, I was named All-Metro and All-State.”

Which schools are currently recruiting you? “Oh boy, a bunch of them. There is LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, USM, West Virginia, Memphis, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina..”

Which schools are recruiting you the hardest? “Right now, I would say it is LSU, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss.”

Any offers? “Yes sir, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Nebraska.”

Who contacted you by phone during the early evaluation period? “Memphis called, LSU called, Mississippi State called, Ole Miss called, Nebraska called, USM called. I forgot about them. That is about it, and oh yea, Alabama called.”

Who called first? “I want to say USM. I think so.”

Which coach has made the biggest impression with you? “Coach Hopson from Ole Miss. I mean, he is a cool coach. And I like the way he ran his defensive backs in the drills we did at camp.”

Which schools have caught your eye so far? “LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Alabama.”

What do you like about LSU? “I just like so much about them. I like their coaching staff, and they have a winning team right now. I am not saying they are going to win when I get there, but I just like them.”

What attracts you to Mississippi State? “Mississippi State, good question. Lets see, probably because my, I do not know. Well, my daddy went there and a couple of my teammates are up there. They have encouraged me to go there. I like their weight program too.”

And Ole Miss? “Oh, I like their 4-2-5 defense, scheme wise.”

What about USM? “I have not been there yet, so I do not know too much about them. That is just a school I am interested in right now.”

Alabama’s positives are? “I have not been there either. I do not know, I just like them. The way their defensive back coach was talking. I bought their highlight tape, and I liked the way their DB’s played.”

Did you have a chance to take any spring visits? “I went to a Junior Day at Mississippi State, but that is it. I tried to make it to the LSU and Ole Miss games, but I had to be out of town.”

What will be the factors when it comes decision time? “I am looking for a school that has my major, which will be Business Management. I want a good coaching staff, one that I can get along with. I also want to go to a place where they have some upperclassmen at my position. I want a chance to start after a year or two at most. I do not want to sit on the sidelines. Also, I do not want to be switching positions after they recruit me. Where ever they recruit me, that is what I want to play.”

Anthony scored a 17 on his ACT test and needs an 18 to be a full qualifier.


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