Rebels offer 2010 standout

It does not take long to notice the 6' 2", 205 pound receiver out of Oak Grove (MS) while playing on the field. He already has a "college upperclassman body" at the tender age of 17, but Robert Johnson feels like he brings a couple more attributes to the table.

"I feel like I have good field vision," added Robert Johnson. "I can read the holes well, and I do a good job of focusing on the ball until it is in my hands. I have also spent a lot of time growing up in the film room so I do well at recognizing the defenses."

Robert helped Oak Grove to a 5A Semifinal appearance for the second straight season.

"The season went pretty good, except getting beat by Meridian. We are getting closer and closer. I am looking forward to coming back for my senior season and getting a championship banner hung up over here. That is all that is on our mind. Our junior class has been a big part of this team, and we have a lot of guys coming back next year who can do some things with the ball in their hands. It is going to be exciting."

The Warriors will be loaded with skilled players next season as they bring back the state's most talented core of WR's in Robert Johnson, Jay Hughes, and Steve McNair Jr, while returning a veteran QB in James McMahon.

"We really feel like we have a chance to win it all next year. We believe it is our time to put us on the map. It is just a feeling that we have around here. I can't wait to get started again. It is going to be a long off-season just waiting for it to get cranked back up again."

Not many high school teams have three big time SEC caliber WR's on their team. They only problem the Warriors have had is trying to utilize all of their playmakers.

"It really has not been hard for us to share the ball. We all kind of move around. I play some WR, but I played a lot of tailback too when Jay (Hughes) got hurt. Jay plays running back (171 carries for 880 yards and 17 TD's), receiver (10 receptions for 189 yards), and he plays some quarterback too. And Steve, he is always going to get his catches (58 catches for 962 yards and 8 Td's). It has been a great experience. We still block for each other, and we do not make it a competitive thing. We really look out for the team."

It worked out well for Robert as he had 48 catches for 632 yards and 9 Td's, while carrying the ball 31 times for 276 yards and 4 Td'sThis was good enough to earn 1st Team All-Area status.

Now his attention turns to the Army All-American combine in January.

"I leave to San Antonio in a few days. I have been going to the field during the Christmas break and running some routes and getting loose. We are going to do a lot of the same things I did at Ole Miss last summer. It is going to be your typical combine stuff."

Robert received his first offer from Ole Miss recently.

"My coach said he got word last week , but I have not gotten it in the mail yet. Coach told me that it is coming soon."

Johnson got a chance to work out in front of the Ole Miss staff for the 3 Day Camp last summer.

"I really like Coach Nutt a lot. Ever since I went up there this summer, I have liked that program a lot. I can see myself in the Red and Blue uniform. I just connected well with their staff, and I like their indoor practice facility. The school is good too. All around, I just like Ole Miss."

The hometown school, Southern Mississippi, is also a player.

"I know everything there is to know about them. I grew up watching them play. My mom and dad graduated from Southern. I got to go to every one of their home games. They wear the black and gold like we do. I have connected well with their staff too, especially their head coach. I can see myself going to USM. It is close to home, and if it came down to it, I would play for them."

It is still early in the recruiting process but another SEC school has caught Robert's attention.

"Georgia has caught my eye too. They have been sending me a bunch of letters. I like how they play."

The Hattiesburg native is receiving plenty of letters from various programs around the country.

"UCLA, Colorado, Duke, UAB, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and the state schools (MSU, OM, USM) are writing me a lot."

Stay tuned to as we will be putting up clips from Robert Johnson, along with Steve McNair Jr and Jay Hughes in the very near future.

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