Johnson Talks Recruiting

It's an understatement to say that Mickey Johnson has an impressive offer sheet. The St. Paul's (Covington, La.) defensive tackle has offers from schools around the country. LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Alabama, SMU, Ole Miss, and UCLA are just a handful of the programs that have offered the strongman from southeast Louisiana. Read on to find out what Johnson has to say about his recruitment.

It's an understatement to say that Mickey Johnson has an impressive offer sheet. The St. Paul's (Covington, La.) defensive tackle has offers from schools around the country. LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Alabama, SMU, Tulsa, Ole Miss, and UCLA are just a handful of the programs that have offered the strongman from southeast Louisiana. Johnson took an unofficial visit to UCLA this week and he clearly enjoyed himself.

"The weather out there is great," said the 6-foot-1, 310-pound Johnson, who is well-known for his superhuman strength. "The high temperature was 60 and the low was 58. That a lot different than what we go through down here in Louisiana. My dad had business in San Diego this week and so we decided that it would be a good time to visit UCLA - since I have a UCLA offer.

"We flew to San Diego and then drove down to L.A. I met with the coaching staff and met some of the players. We took a tour of the campus and I saw some of the sights off-campus, such as Beverly Hills and Hollywood. The players at UCLA had great things to say about the program. They play at the Rose Bowl, which is attractive to me. The UCLA coaches really want me and they want me to play the 'shade' position."

What are Johnson's plans for the summer?

"That was it for unofficial visits," he said. "I'm going to LSU's next camp and probably get some workouts in there. I'm going to take official visits to Michigan and Nebraska - and I'm taking an official visit to UCLA on December 3rd to watch UCLA versus USC. Those are the only official visits that I've decided on yet.

"You could say that UCLA is first on my list right now, that they're my current leader. LSU is up there too. When I was at LSU's Family Day, Coach Miles emphasized the academics there and that made an impression on me. That was something that they hadn't talked about much with me until now."

Johnson enjoys a close relationship with a quartet of Louisiana commits.

"It would be great playing with Anthony Johnson (O.P. Walker), Jeremy Hill (Redemptorist), La'el Collins (Redemptorist), and Trai Turner (St. Augustine)," he said. "They're family, but I'm going to choose the school that's best for me. I'm open to everybody. It would also be great playing for Coach Saban at Alabama. Everybody says that they hate Coach Saban, but at the same time, they know that he's a great coach and that Bama is a great program."

There's been speculation that Johnson has been hoping for a USC offer. What are his current thoughts on the Trojans?

"I wouldn't say that I'm disinterested in USC," he said, "but they're going through a lot, with Pete Carroll having left and now the loss of scholarships. I don't want to be at a program that's limited. They aren't at the top of my list right now."


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