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DT Johnson with many early offers

2/13/2012

Junior defensive tackle DeAndre Johnson (Newnan, Ga./Northgate) is not an unknown in the Peach State. In fact, he has offers from teams in the SEC and ACC and is expected to have plenty of more between now and the end of the May evaluation period.

“I have very good quickness off the ball and I have good footwork. I think I use my hands pretty well,” said the 6-foot-3, 311-pound tackle who is active int he middle. “I am trying to get faster. I want to get more speed.”

Johnson has been to a trio of junior days at South Carolina, Georgia and Georgia Tech. He said he has enjoyed them all and at this point he doesn’t have a school favorite.

“North Carolina was the first to offer me,” Johnson said. “Teams like South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Duke have all offered. There are a few more but I can’t remember who they are. Oklahoma State, LSU and Alabama are some programs recruiting me pretty hard that have just not offered yet.”

Johnson was nicknamed ‘Moose’ during his first season of football playing in his middle school league by his coach. That name has stuck.

“I guess it’s appropriate with how I play,” Johnson said.