Johnny Brown update

Johnny Brown committed to Ole Miss some time ago, but he didn't take his official visit to Oxford until thsi weekend, where he solidified he is still excited about UM and is still headed this way on signing day. Read about it inside.

Johnny Brown, the 5-11, 190-pound do-all athlete from Charleston, visited Ole Miss over the weekend and solidified his commitment to sign with the Rebels in February.

"I loved it. It was a great weekend. I already knew a lot about Ole Miss, but you get a closer look on official visits and I liked everything I saw," said the soft-spoken Brown, a Dandy Zoen selection prior to his senior season.

Brown, who made First-Team All-State at cornerback despite missing a portion of his senior year due to a nagging ankle injury, played running back and corner in high school, but said he's likely to be a safety at Ole Miss.

"On my official visit, I met with the defensive coaches. I like defense. I like safety. The team needs safeties and that's a good position for me," he explained.

The one thing Brown said he did not know about Ole Miss, that stood out on his visit, was the passion for football of the Rebel coaches.

"I didn't realize how excited they were about football, how much they love it," he said. "They stayed pumped up all weekend. I could tell their love of the game and that told me everything I needed to know.

"I need to be at a place where everyone loves the game because I love it. It's where I need to be."

Johnny was hosted by rising sophomore Strong Safety Jamal Harvey.

"Jamal was cool. We had a good time over the weekend. I think all the recruits did. The running back from Louisiana (Joe McKnight) seemed to be having the most fun, but everyone enjoyed themselves," he added.

Brown is set to visit Memphis next weekend, but he said he will not change his mind about attending Ole Miss.

"My visit to Ole Miss firmed everything up. I'm Ole Miss-bound," he added.

Brown was named the 2005 Region 4 AAA Player of the Year as a junior and was set to have a record-breaking senior campaign before the ankle injury, but he has no regrets.

"Injury is part of football. You hate it, but you learn to live with it when it comes your way," he closed. "You just move on and hope it doesn't happen again.

"I can't wait to get to Ole Miss healthy and show what I've got."

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