Smyrna DB Commits To UT

Another football prospect from the heart of the Volunteer State answered the call of the Vols when Smyrna High School defensive back Marsalous Johnson committed to sign with UT.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound defensive back is the second player to commit to the Vols joining fellow middle Tennessean LaMarcus Coker, a running back who hails from Antioch. He told UT's Phillip Fulmer of his decision while on an unofficial visit to Knoxville last weekend.

"I feel so good right now," Johnson told Inside Kentucky's Rob Gidel. "I'm just real excited, cause this is a great opportunity for me."

The Vols may not have had Johnson at ‘hello', neither was the process protracted.

"UT was first in line, when they offered, I just wanted to go and see it before making my decision," Johnson explained. "Once I saw the city, I knew I wanted to go to school there, cause it's a great city."

Johnson attended the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game held on campus and came away awestruck by the first class facilities.

"I went down for the Tennessee-Kentucky game and saw the complex for myself," Johnson said. "When I walked in, my eyes got real big. I mean 107,000 people. You can't help but want to play football in a place like that."

Johnson chose Tennessee over early offers from Mississippi State, Kentucky and Wake Forest, choosing not to entertain interest from such notable programs as Ohio State, Florida and Miami. He visited Wake Forest on June 6 but liked his chances of realizing his goals at UT.

"Coach Fulmer asked me what I wanted to do after college and I told him either go to the NFL or be an agent," Johnson stated. "He said I could have a great chance to do both at Tennessee."Marsalous Johnson has the versatility to play either corner or safety at the collegiate level and is regarded as a standout in man coverage. He has 4.5 speed, excellent quickness and good recognition skills.

He recognized a good opportunity at Tennessee and was quick to react to it.

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