Johnson Has Plenty Of Options

There aren't many recruits in the Class of 2011 that have as many scholarship offers as Mickey Johnson of St. Paul's (Covington, La.). Is he ready to name any favorites? What are his thoughts on SMU? Read on to find out.

With more than 30 offers, Mickey Johnson is one of the most hotly-pursued players in the nation. With summer just around the corner, Johnson is planning to hit the road and check out some colleges before classes resume this fall. However, he isn't ready to name any favorite schools just yet.

Johnson, who attended Junior Day at LSU and visited Alabama several weeks ago, says that he will take some time before listing any favorites.

"I might name some frontrunners during the season," Johnson said. "I like SMU's recruiter, Coach (Jeff) Reinebold. He's a cool guy, really laid back. He likes to have fun. I watched SMU in the bowl game (45-10 Hawaii Bowl win over Nevada) last year. They're pretty good. I would consider going there (to school)."

Although Johnson doesn't have a public list of favorite schools at this point, he intends on taking some unofficial visits this summer to schools around the country.

"I'm going to hit up some colleges this summer.," he said. "Right now, I'm planning on going to Nebraska, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. I like the way Nebraska's defensive line played last year. Coach Pelini does a good job and he did a good job at LSU. It would be nice playing under him, if I decide to go there. I like that Tennessee is in the mountains and that they pack the stadium. I like the atmosphere there. Their recruiter, Terry Joseph, is a cool guy.

"Ole Miss' defensive line was strong last year with (Jerrell) Powe. They're losing their whole defensive front and I would have a chance to start there early. Arkansas is a nice place. Mr. (Sam) Walton put a lot of money into that program and their recruiter, Coach Allen, says that it's a wonderful place."

UCLA and Florida State are among the latest schools to extend an offer to Johnson.

"I'm from the west coast, so UCLA would be like visiting home," Johnson said. "I was born in San Diego. I know that UCLA had a good defensive tackle named (Brian) Price who got drafted high in the NFL. I'm going to check them out.

"I've lived in Tampa, so Florida State is not that far from home. I'll probably go there and visit this summer."

St. Paul's is expected to be one of the top contenders this fall in Louisiana's loaded 5A classification. The Wolves just finished spring practice with an intrasquad scrimmage.

"The scrimmage went good," said Johnson. "I did great. We were young last year and we're only losing Houston Bates (Illinois signee) along the defensive front. We just need to work on the small things to improve."

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