Spring Rewind: Vols freshman DE Deandre Johnson

Let InsideTennessee bring you a first-hand look at the future of Big Orange football. See defensive end Deandre Johnson at work on Rocky Top.

The trenches of the Southeastern Conference are a tough place for teenagers, but that's exactly where Deandre Johnson is going be forced into action this fall.

Depth concerns along Tennessee's defensive front mean the 17-year-old could very well be in the two-deep the first game he laces up his NIKE cleats for the Volunteers.

Prior to moving into Stokely Residence Hall in Knoxville, the Miami native helped Southridge (Fla.) Senior High School to an FHSAA Class 8A state championship.

The one-time Mississippi State commit saw his interest in Tennessee increase ten fold during an official visit in November.

Then-defensive line coach Steve Stripling played a strong role in changing Johnson's way of thinking from wanting to be a Bulldog to being a Volunteer. Now Brady Hoke is tasked with helping the 6-foot-4, 261-pounder reach his goals with Hoke taking over for Stripling in early March.

Watch Johnson at work on Haslam Field and Shields-Watkins Field this spring for his first semester at Tennessee by viewing the IT video above.


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