"Every store I go to somebody says something about LSU," stated Rishaw Johnson. "The same thing at school. They say the same things, like I need to be going to LSU and not Ole Miss. I just tell them we will see how it turns out, just to get them off of my back. The funny thing is that most of the time, it is people I do not even know."
pressure is nothing new to the recruiting world, and the LSU fans are not the
only ones applying the pressure.
"Coach Henson (LSU assistant) calls
and texts me a lot. He tells me about Tiger stadium and how he wants me to be
a LSU Tiger. He also tells me how I could compete for early playing time because
they are short on offensive linemen."
And what is Johnson's response?
just tell him that I am committed to Ole Miss, but you never know how it is going
to turn out, but right now I am committed to Ole Miss."
have any doubts about his commitment?
"I feel good about my decision.
I just like their coaches, facilities, and everybody is so nice up there. Really,
I just like everything about Ole Miss. It feels like home when I am up there."
was the last time Rishaw was in contact with someone from Ole Miss?
talk to Coach Kehoe all of the time. We spoke on Monday. We talked about their
loss to Mizzou. The turnovers killed them. Our team is having the same problem.
We keep getting crucial turnovers at the wrong time. He told me to tell his RB's
to hold on to the ball (laugh)."
Has Rishaw set up his official visits?
am going to take an official visit to Ole Miss on December 1st, but I am going
up there unofficially for the Georgia game."
Have anymore coaches
been in contact with Rishaw since the contact period started on September 1st.
McHale from FSU has been calling a lot and so has Coach Laketools from UConn."
what is Coach McHale's message to Rishaw?
"He told me to keep playing
hard, and if I wanted to to come to FSU, I still have a spot. He told me there
was a lot of time to signing day, but I told him pretty much the same things as
I told Coach Henson (from LSU)."
Rishaw is now trying to keep his
focus on getting his first win.
"We are 0 - 2, but we have been playing
pretty good. We just have had too many turnovers. If not for the fumbles, we would
Has Johnson seen any improvement in his game?
have been doing real good on defense. I have 4 tackles for losses and 2 sacks.
On offense, I have graded out over 85% at left guard in each game. I am playing
Rishaw had planned on transferring from Hammond to O.
Perry Walker but eligibility issues arose.
"They said I was going
to be ineligible if I transferred there, because I am from the East Bank and they
are from the West Bank, so I decided to stay here. They told me I could not transfer
outside of my district."
Rishaw Johnson feels the home state pressure
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