One of the top defensive tackles in the Pelican State appears to be heading out of state to play his college career.
Louisiana defenseman Mickey Johnson confirmed with InsideTennessee.com Monday night that he indeed has a new favorite.
"Tennessee is my new favorite," Johnson said. "They are an up and coming program. Derek Dooley is going to return Tennessee to all of its rich traditions."
Getting early playing time appears to be a key factor for the Covington, Louisiana, native.
"Yes sir, it's a big factor," Johnson said. "I want to be one of the reasons that Tennessee returns to be one of the most dominating programs in the league. Coach Dooley is telling me that if I work hard I can see playing time my freshman year."
Does Johnson have a top four?
Who is recruiting Johnson the hardest?
"It's between Tennessee and Michigan," Johnson said. "Coach Terry Joseph is my recruiting coach. He is a great guy, someone who is very easy to talk to about anything."
When will Johnson make a final decision?
"It will be some time after my senior season is over," Johnson said. "Anytime after that."
Johnson is a four-star prospect by Scout.com and is currently rated the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country.
Johnson finished his junior season with 49 tackles, eight sacks, one fumble caused and one fumble recovered. He said he can bench an impressive 450 pounds and has squatted a ridiculous 725 pounds. Johnson also has a 27-inch vertical jump.