When Hammond, LA, Offensive Lineman Rishaw Johnson signed with Ole Miss in February of 2007, he measured and weighed in at 6-4, 330 pounds.
After talking with Rebel OL Coach Art Kehoe, he knew that wasn't going to get the job done if he wanted to play early in his career, which is his number one goal.
Rishaw, who will head to Ole Miss "Sunday or Monday" for summer school/summer training, began diligently working on getting his body "right."
"Coach Kehoe told me I need to be around 315 pounds so I could move better. Ole Miss pulls a lot and their OL have to be able to move. We both felt 315 was a better weight for me," he said.
Through an improved diet and working out religiously, Rishaw has almost reached what Kehoe believes is his best weight.
"I took the workout book from Ole Miss I got after I signed and I've been following the running and lifting exercises they have outlined for me to do," Rishaw explained. "I have also started eating better, staying away from a lot of fatty foods.
"I'm now 318 pounds and I feel a lot quicker."
Johnson's goal is to come to Ole Miss and play immediately, but he's sensitive to his limitations as well.
"I'm going to give it all I've got to earn a spot in the playing rotation as a true freshman, but I know Coach Kehoe will do what is best for me," he added. "If I can handle playing early, he will put me in there. If he thinks I need to work a year, then I will trust his judgment and decision.
"The competitive part of me wants to play, but I will be open to whatever Coach Kehoe tells me I need. I know my best interest will be in his heart."
Rishaw classifies his style of play as "aggressive."
"I pride myself in the fact that my motor is always running and I like the aggression of football," Johnson explained. "I know I will have to adjust to the speed of the game and I know I will have to get my conditioning better than it's ever been, but that's why I'm coming to Ole Miss as early as I can this summer."
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