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2016 OL Eli Johnson Reels in His First Offer from Mississippi St.

2016 OL Eli Johnson (6’3, 295) of Lafayette High in Oxford, Mississippi was an All-Region 2-4A performer as a freshman starter. Big and mature beyond his years, Johnson has attracted the attention of college recruiters from all over the Deep South. Last weekend he received his first offer from the SEC. “I visited Mississippi St. unofficially and they offered me.”

He reports that Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Florida St., Tulane, Arkansas St., and Memphis are showing him serious interest.

Johnson told Varisty Preps that no favorites are emerging and he’s keeping his options open. “Mississippi St. has to be number one for me right now, Ole Miss is definitely up there, but everyone is pretty much even for me.”

To this point, he’s unofficially visited Mississippi St., Ole Miss, and Tulane. “I enjoyed my visit to Tulane. I really like the coaching staff. It’s separated from New Orleans and it doesn’t have that big city feel to it,” he said. “I think Ole Miss is a solid program and the practice I attended was very intense.”

The Florida St. Seminoles like his ability and want Johnson to visit campus. “I talked to Coach Tim Brewster about three weeks ago and after that conversation, I think I’ll make the trip to Tallahassee to attend a camp. It’s a another solid program showing interest in me and I want to get down there to visit.”

Lafayette’s young standout has a busy offseason ahead and he spoke about his plans. “Vanderbilt wants me to come to a Junior Day May 20th and I’ll be attending one for Arkansas St. April 6th. I hear Jonesboro is a great town and it’s an improving program I want to see closer,” he stated. “I’ll be attending the NFTC in Memphis April 14th and I’ll attend camps at Mississippi St.FSU, and Memphis.”

Johnson has been working with Rebel great and ex-Chicago Bear Terrence Metcalf on his technique. “I’ve improved my overall technique: my zone steps, down blocking, and pass steps.”

A naturally strong lineman, Johnson’s raw power at his young age is staggering. He competes with Lafayette’s power lifting team and has qualified for the state meet in his weight division. “I placed second in Mississippi in the 275-to-308 (pounds) class. I totaled 1320 pounds (bench press, squat, and dead lift) to qualify and my goal is to top 1400 pounds in the state meet.”

Michael Bradley



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