"I want to work on my speed this year," added Desmond Johnson. I am already fast, but I want to get faster than I am now. I want quick feet too. I want to get my footwork better. If I do that, I think I can run for over 3,000 yards this year."
That sounds like some lofty goals, but when you consider the
6' 0", 185 pounder rushed for over 2, 500 yards and 33 TD's as a junior,
it is not unimaginable."
"I was actually hurt a little last year.
I missed a few quarters. Again, if I stay healthy, and work on my speed, I think
3,000 yards is a realistic goal, so is winning the state championship."
rushed for over 1, 500 yards as a sophomore and was named the Player of the Year
in his Region by Taco Bell and Power 107. This past season, Desmond was named
the Delta Touchdown Player of the Year, MVP for District 3(4A), and was a 2nd
Team All-State pick by the Clarion Ledger.
Which colleges are after
this talented youngster?
"I am getting letters from Auburn, Ole Miss,
MSU, Clemson, Miami, Georgia, and Florida."
Who is coming after Desmond
"Ole Miss and LSU are sending me more letters, but I
want to say MSU and Ole Miss because I get letters from them back to back almost
Has Desmond attended any Jr Days?
"I went to
Ole Miss' with my mother and grandmother last Saturday."
How did it
"It went well. I liked it. I had fun. I looked around their weight
room, indoor facility, and we had a chance to walk on the field and do a chant.
I saw the cafeteria and all of that. I stayed mostly in the weight room and indoor
Was this Desmond's first visit to Ole Miss?
went with my high school on a field trip to see the campus, but I did not get
to see the football stuff."
What did Johnson's grandmother and mother
think about Ole Miss during their trip?
"They liked it too, especially
my mom. She said she liked the teachers and coaches a lot. She really likes Ole
Miss a lot."
What did Desmond enjoy the most during his trip?
on the field and just looking around the stadium and their locker room too."
had a chance to talk to the Ole Miss coaches.
"The head coach and
their running back coach told me I was a great RB. They liked my style. They told
me they looked forward to me coming back. They just liked my running style mainly.
But they really stressed to me that I needed to stay on top of my grades."
does Desmond go next?
"I was going to go to Alabama's (Jr Day), but
it was on the same day as Ole Miss'. It was more important to go to Ole Miss because
they are closer to offering me. Alabama sent me an invite to their Jr day with
three tickets to see them play Auburn in basketball. I really do not know where
I am going next."
What does Johnson think about Mississippi's other
SEC representative, MSU?
"I like everything about MSU. The field,
the coaches, the teachers."
How many times has Desmond had a chance
to visit MSU?
"One time. I went to their 7 on 7 camp last summer.
We looked around while we were there."
Who else does Desmond like?
and Florida. I have not visited them yet, but they have caught my attention. Florida
sends a lot of pictures to me, and LSU has been sending me poems about their program.
Like, 'always walk with your head up' and stuff like that. They are nice poems
though. That caught my attention."
What will be the important factors
when it comes decision time?
"Their academic program and how their
people are. But mainly, I will look at my competition at my position. Did they
just sign another great RB last year? How many great RB's do they have that are
young? I will go where they need me the most."
Desmond claims a 2.4
GPA and will take the ACT test in April.
Desmond Johnon will be one to watch
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