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Tide lands commitment from in-state WR

4/15/2012

A-Day was a success both on and off the field for the University of Alabama. After a competitive spring game, the Crimson Tide picked up commitments back-to-back from Anthony Averett and Deon Johnson.

For Johnson, a wide receiver from Spanish Fort, Ala., he had known for awhile that he was going to commit to Alabama, but he wanted to wait until A-Day to make sure.

“I think Alabama was my choice because I know Alabama, the fans and I think I can go help Alabama,” Johnson said. “I think it’s a good vibe in Tuscaloosa, and I felt like it was home ever since I first went there.”

Johnson visited UA over the weekend with his parents, his coach and his teammates. He specifically wanted to wait until his parents made this visit before pulling the trigger on his commitment.

At the spring game, Johnson couldn’t believe the fans and the support he was already receiving from them.

“The A-Day game was wonderful,” Johnson said. “I love how the fans react, and I love how they know the recruits are. Fans ask for your autograph and stuff, and they were telling me they want me to come to Bama. I was telling them I was going to commit today, and they were happy. I felt like it was home.”

The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver prospect wants to play in the slot when he gets to Alabama, and Spanish Fort head coach Mark Freeman knows that his star player has the talent to be successful at that spot when he gets to Alabama.

“He’s just a great athlete,” Freeman said. “There’s several people out there that are 4.3, 4.4 runners. A lot of guys that are great ball handlers who can catch the football, but he does both very, very well.

“I think the biggest thing on Deon is that he is so strong, surprisingly strong. He’s a lot stronger kid than he looks. He’s just a guy that’s exciting when he’s got the football in his hands.”

Freeman said Johnson was getting serious interest from a number of other schools, including Auburn and Nebraska, but he had his mind made up that he wanted to come to Alabama.

Johnson becomes the 11th commitment for the Tide in 2013 and the sixth from the state of Alabama.