Johnson dismiss rumors about his pledge to UT

Having a committment from one of the best overall players in the state of Louisiana isn't going to happen without a lot of rumors and a fight from the Bayou Bengal Tigers. Anthony Johnson, a defensive tackle from New Orleans, is finding this out. Go "Inside" this exclusive story to find out the latest on Johnson's recruitment and how he stands on his pledge to UT.

One Louisiana high school junior prospect is getting more attention than he ever imagined.

Reporters calling him, coaches sending him emails and as of this past Tuesday on September 1, official offers began to arrive.

Anthony Johnson may be the best overall player in the Bayou State when the 2011 rankings are released, the fact that he has already committed to an out of state SEC Rival Tennessee, isn't helping matters on the home front. caught up with Johnson Wednesday night to catch up on how things are going with him on the recruiting front.

"It's been crazy," Johnson said. "I have been receiving a lot of official offers that started coming in on Tuesday."

September 1 marked the first day that college coaches could make calls to senior prospects and the first day that official offers could go out to the Class of 2011.

"I called and spoke to the Tennessee coaches to let them know I got their offer," Johnson explained. "I'm building a solid relationship with Coach Kiffin, Coach (Ed) Orgeron and Coach (Frank) Wilson."

A recent article by another network made it sound that Johnson was apparently backing off his commitment to the Volunteers.

"Absolutely not the case," Johnson said. "There are a lot of rumors that are going around about my recruitment. My heart is at Tennessee."

Johnson admits that he has been impressed with the full court press that LSU is using in their attempt to get the standout defensive tackle to switch his pledge.

"I like the way LSU is fighting for me," Johnson said. "It shows me they are smart, they are telling me that I'm the best player in Louisiana next year. I spoke to the LSU coaches and Coach Miles Tuesday, the told me they aren't going to back off of me just because I'm committed to Tennessee."

LSU may not have enjoyed Johnson's response.

"I told them I appreciated it and it was an honor," Johnson said. "I also told them my mind wasn't changing and that I was still committed to Tennessee."

How is Tennessee staying in the race for Johnson's services?

"That's easy," Johnson said. "I want to be coached by the very best defensive line coach in America. That's Coach O. He and Coach Frank are like family to me. To get the honor of playing for Monte Kiffin is too much to pass up."

Is Johnson still committed to Tennessee?

"Yes sir, I'm 100 percent committed to Tennessee," Johnson said. "I'm very excited about being a Volunteer."

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