Rocky Top Profiles on Top 20 prospects

Recruiting Staff Writer
Posted Jun 17, 2009

InsideTennessee will be doing a recruiting profile on each of the Rocky Top Top 20 Tennessee High School athletes. Our first profile is on Dezmond Johnson, a defensive end from Overton High School in Nashville. Go inside to see what Johnson had to say about his recruitment.

Inside Tennessee recently caught up with Dezmond Johnson, a junior defensive end from John Overton High School in Nashville TN, who has schools all over the country in a bidding war for his talent on the football field.

Johnson, an All Region 5A line man, recorded 83 tackles and 10 sacks last year for John Overton.

Ole Miss, Duke, MTSU, and Arkansas State are the only schools that have offered Johnson a scholarships, but he said that he has been recruited "pretty hard" by schools including Purdue, Stanford, Clemson, and UT.

"I haven't gone to any camps yet, but I plan on going a few places, and I might not even go this year," was Johnson's reply when asked about any camps that he's been to.

Johnson did take an unofficial visit to Ole Miss back in April, and was quoted saying "I liked how they practiced. It's a real fast paced practice. It is game like, but not too much game like where they burn your legs out. They get a lot done in a short amount of time."

Even more his parents liked the Ole Miss program.

Even though he hasn't been to camp at UT, or even visited the campus, Johnson was very positive about the UT program.

"Yeah, it's (UT) a great school with a great program. I'm just trying to be open to all the schools right now and find the best fit for me," was Johnson's response to being asked what he thought of the program in Knoxville.

"Coach Cheney and I stay in contact with each other pretty often to see what's going on. He's a really great guy." Johnson has not met or talked with any other Tennessee coaches.

Johnson does plan to improve his game this off-season and into his senior year in high school. "I really need to work on my technique with my hands," he said, "and I want to get stronger too. My bench is about 300 right now, and I haven't run a timed 40 yet."

It's hard to tell what school Dezmond Johnson will choose right now, but being one of the best high school football players in Tennessee, he will have no problem finding a home.

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