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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Bama extends an offer to 2015 athlete

By Greg Ostendorf

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Sophomore athlete Kerryon Johnson (Madison, Ala./Madison Academy) visited Alabama over the weekend for the Tide’s junior day, but although he had a good time, he didn’t receive the news that he was looking for.

On Wednesday, he received that news -- from head coach Nick Saban.

“He called me up and said he finally got to watch my film a little bit closer Monday,” Johnson said. “He said he really liked me. He thinks I’m going to be one of the best players in the state, so he said, ‘We’re going to offer you a scholarship and we want you to come.’

“That he took time out of his day to call me personally, to check out the film and to send me an offer, it definitely meant something to me. It made me very happy.”

Johnson attended Alabama’s junior day last year, but this year he got a chance to talk more with the coaching staff and see the new weight room.

“It went good,” he said. “I got to talk to the coaches a lot more than last year, being a freshman. This year, I really got to talk to them a lot more, so it was very fun. Also, that weight room is very impressive.”

During Saturday’s junior day, Johnson measured in at 6 feet, 190 pounds. Saban said he liked the 2015 athlete on both sides of the ball as either a running back on offense or potentially a cornerback on defense.

The Alabama offer is No. 4, and all four have come in the last month. Florida State was the first to offer a week before signing day.

“That was great,” Johnson said. “I’m a Florida State fan, so that was very exhilarating. It just makes me push even harder every day, to get my shoulder back healthy and just come back better than ever.”

Johnson had surgery on his shoulder last month, but he expects to be 100 percent when football season rolls around.