Rishaw Johnson commits to Ole Miss

Rishaw Johnson (OL, Hammond, LA) - College camps and combines can make or break a prospect, and in the case of Rishaw Johnson, it earned him an SEC scholarship.The 6' 4", 315 pounder ran the second best forty time (5.21) for all of the linemen at the Ole Miss camp which parlayed into a scholarship offer.

"Coach Orgeron told me this morning that he liked the way I moved. He liked my footwork. Coach (O) told me that I had what he was looking for. He offered me a scholarship, and I accepted. I am going to be a Rebel," stated the proud Rishaw Johnson.

What attracted Johnson to accept Ole Miss' offer on the spot?

"After going to the camp, Ole Miss felt like home to me. The coaches are great, but it was more than that. I liked the facilities and the campus. I won't be around the coaches all the time, so I needed an environment I would be comfortable with outside of football. Ole Miss is that place."

Who else was recruiting Rishaw before he decided on Ole Miss?

"LSU, Florida State, USM, UCONN, Grambling, and Southern."

Who came in second place?

"I would have to say LSU. I grew up liking LSU, but now I am going to be a Rebel. It will be fun playing against them in college."

Rishaw has had a long journey to get to where he is due to Hurricane Katrina. When the hurricane hit last September, he had to leave St. Augustine in New Orleans and move to Baton Rouge with his mother like thousands of other New Orleans residents.

Johnson attended Southern Lab as a junior and made the All-District and All-Parish team. But Rishaw and his mother have moved to Hammond (LA) recently, and he will be playing for Hammond High next season.

"It has been difficult for me and my mother. Really, for all of our family. But we are making the best out of it. I like the new coaches at Hammond, so I think it is going to be a good fit. I do miss all of my boys at St. Augustine though. It is tough growing up with your boys and then having to split. I still keep up with all of them, so you know, it is all good."

What are some of the things that Johnson brings to the table?

"Tenacity. I play every play like it is my last. I love to hit people. That is what I like about the game of football. I like the physical aspect of it. I also move good for a guy my size. I kind of catch those ends by surprise. They think they are going to just swim past me, but it never works out that way. I just love to play the game of football. That is one of the things that attracted me to Ole Miss. Coach Frank (Wilson) and Orgeron are like me. They love football. At their camp, I just liked how pumped they always were. I said to myself, now these are the type of coaches I want to play for."

Rashaw was also equally impressive at the Nike Combine in Baton Rouge as he ran a 5.11 forty which was 5th best out of all of the offensive linemen. Johnson benched 185 pounds twenty five times which placed him 8th for the linemen. And lastly, he turned in a 28" vertical which placed him 4th in that category.

Despite all of the moving around, Rishaw continues to excel in the classroom, as he carries a 3.67 GPA.

Johnson marks Ole Miss' 15th public commitment.

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