Could "Battle of the Egg" effect decision?

Rory Johnson (LB, Hinds CC, MS) - Rory was named Mississippi's 2005 Juco Defensive Player of the Year.As it was coming out of high school, this looks to be a good ole instate battle between the Rebs and Dogs.Rory attended Ole Miss last Saturday and will be at the Egg Bowl today. Could today's outcome swing him one way or the other?

The following information was revealed during our interview with Rory Johnson:

Been to any games lately? "Yea, I went to Ole Miss Saturday with Jabaree Gipson. He is a teammate of mine that use to play for Jackson Murrah."

How did your visit go? "Real good. The game was just cold though."

Did you get a chance to go to the Grove? "No sir, I came late. I came right before the game."

Did you get a chance to talk with the Ole Miss coaches? "Yea, I talked to them after the game in the locker room. They told me how they want me to come up there and play."

How was the game day atmosphere? "They have a real good atmosphere. This was the first time I have seen the new practice facility. It looked real good. They have the nicest facilities I have seen yet."

What new did you learn about Ole Miss during your trip? "I was just meeting all of the new coaches they have this time. When they recruited me out of high school, they had different coaches. This was more of a learning period for all of us. Them getting to know me and me getting to know them."

What was your first impression with their new staff? "Real good. It seems like they want me to come up there real bad."

Did you get a chance to look at Ole Miss' depth chart? "No sir, I have a book, but I have not had a chance to look at it. I was tired when I came back in from the game."

What did you think of Ole Miss' defense? "I liked how their LB's run. Patrick Willis is real good, so is Garry Pack. I like how they play, and I like Ole Miss' scheme. I did not know that were not as big as I am, but they play real big and real hard. Willis is a beast."

Going to the Egg Bowl this Saturday? "Yes sir, I am taking my official visit there this weekend."

Will the outcome of the game have any influence in your decision? "I mean, not directly, but I will be taking notes. I want to see who's defense I like best."

Have you set up anymore official visits? "No sir, but I know I will be going to Ole Miss and LSU in January."

What will you be looking at while you are on these visits? "I am just checking out how they run their defenses. I kind of want to get back to playing OLB again. I have played MLB since I have been here at Hinds CC, so I am ready to get back on the outside."

Are you still leaning towards MSU? "Not at all. I am trying to keep everything wide open."

Rory graduates in May.




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