January 19, 2011

Louisville commitment still considering Ole Miss

At first, recruiting was fun for Andrew Johnson.

The four-star cornerback from Miami (Southridge), Fla., recommended it to his friends.

These days, with two weeks remaining between now and National Signing Day, the process is wearing Johnson down and a difficult final decision is weighing on his mind.

Johnson originally committed to Ole Miss. However, he backed out of that pledge in December and committed to Louisville earlier this month. The Rebels never stopped recruiting Johnson, however, and the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is planning to take an official visit to the Oxford, Miss., campus this weekend, giving Houston Nutt, Chris Vaughn and Co. one final shot to change his mind.

"It's real serious," Johnson said Tuesday night. "They're trying to convince me to pull out a rabbit out of a hat and join them. I'm ready for it. They told me they won't stop recruiting me until Feb. 2."

Louisville, Johnson said, hasn't yet "approved" Johnson's planned trip to Mississippi. If the Cardinals veto the idea _ Johnson plans to discuss his plans with the Louisville staff Wednesday, he said _ Johnson admitted he'll have a difficult decision to make.

"I want to see the atmosphere, the players, the coaches and the school," Johnson said, referring to Ole Miss, adding that Vaughn has insisted early playing time is available if he chooses the SEC West program.

"Two corners got in trouble and they're off the team," Johnson said. "The position is getting real slim, real quick. He said they need cornerbacks badly."

Johnson said he won't make a final decision until Feb. 2, the first day of the signing period. He knows, however, that he's probably going to have to break some bad news to a group of coaches he's grown to like _ either at Ole Miss or Louisville _ before then.

"That's going to be real hard, but you have to man up and do what a man has to do," Johnson said.

Johnson is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 41 prospect in Florida and the No. 19 cornerback prospect nationally.

He and his Southridge teammate, four-star safety Gerod Holliman, plan to attend the same college together. Like Johnson, Holliman originally committed to Ole Miss before switching his commitment to Louisville earlier this month. Holliman, a Rivals100 member, is also scheduled to take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.

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