MSU commitment to take other visits

One current SEC commitment is getting a lot of attention from another SEC school. One of the top linebackers in the state of Mississippi resides in Philadelphia. C.J. Johnson made an early commitment to in-state school Mississippi State. New Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley recently offered Johnson, will he take a visit, we have that answer and more "Inside".

One current SEC commitment is getting a lot of attention from another SEC school.

One of the top linebackers in the state of Mississippi resides in Philadelphia. C.J. Johnson made an early commitment to in-state school Mississippi State.

How solid is Johnson on his commitment?

"He is definitely a soft verbal at this point," said Philadelphia Head Coach Teddy Dyess. "He is definitely going to take all five of his official visits before making a final decision."

One school that is coming on hard for Johnson's services is the University of Tennessee.

"Coach (Derek) Dooley called me a couple of weeks ago to make sure I knew they were offering him," Coach Dyess said. "Coach Dooley really seems like a nice guy, we spoke a while about his plans at Tennessee."

Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound athlete, is rated the No. 8 overall middle linebacker in the country and is ranked as a four star prospect by Scout.com.

Johnson admits that he is intrigued by Tennessee's offer and will definitely take a visit to Rocky Top before his recruitment is over.

"I had a good talk with Coach Dooley a couple of weeks ago," Johnson told InsideTennessee.com. "I'm glad they offered me, it's exciting. He told me how much they needed me and how fast I could come in and make an immediate impact."

Johnson finished his junior season with over 150 tackles, adding three interceptions and four sacks. Johnson is a true middle linebacker who has a nose for the ball and makes a lot of plays between the edge and the sidelines. His ability to read blocks is helpful as he is often able to uncover and stop the ball carrier for a minimal gain.

According to Johnson, while he is committed to Mississippi State, he still plans on taking some official visits.

"I will definitely take a trip to Tennessee," Johnson said. "I was supposed to go up for their Junior Day but couldn't make because of another game I had to play in. Everyone tells me about how great their stadium is compared to a lot of other schools in the SEC."


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