In the 2018 class, the Southern Miss staff will be looking for at least two defensive ends. An attribute the staff would like to add to the position is height. Most of the Eagles defensive ends are in the 6'1 to 6'2 range with the exception of Paw Thigpen, who will be a senior this season. Enter Tavian Johnson out of Germantown Mississippi. At 6'4 230 and recently running a 4.62 40 Johnson more than fits the bill. He really meets the size to weight to speed ratio coaches are looking for in a high school defensive end. Add to those all important physical attributes great character and intelligence and you have the makings of a great recruit. Tavian Johnson appears to be the complete package and Southern Miss has gotten in early on this rising in state recruit.
When asked about his recent offer to Southern Miss Tavian said, "When coach Pec made the offer it felt amazing. Unreal to be honest. Coach Pec told me he liked what he saw on film and then he came down to watch me practice and told me he liked what he saw at practice that day and offered me."
In regard to his familiarity with Southern Miss, Tavian told GoldenEaglePride.com, "I know Southern Miss well. My whole family pretty much went to school there . I really like the campus. I could really see myself playing ball there."
When talking about what he was looking for in a school Johnson said, "I'm looking for a great community, and a great atmosphere that feels like home. I also want a quality education. I plan to major in engineering or architecture."
Presently Tavian is getting attention from USA, UM, MSU, UF. He also has a friend and ex-teammate already on campus at USM in Arvin Fletcher.