January 23, 2011

Vols move up with Johnson

Covington, La., defensive tackle Mickey Johnson left Tennessee impressed with both the brains and brawn of the University of Tennessee. The state champion weight lifter left Knoxville with a better glimpse of the broad support offered for both academics and football that he said will set the Vols up well in the future.

"It was great. Everybody was well informative of the university. The school is a great place to be. The fans are very supportive and also the coaching staff and the new strength and conditioning coach is very, very tough and actually trained some of the Black Ops. So, they should be having a pretty good program in the future," Johnson said.

One of the most interesting and new things for Johnson was the amount of technology used in a classroom at Tennessee.

"I learned about the academics, the business department. They have a lot of new technology in those rooms. Just from the podium you can shut the blinds and record classes. It's different than what I'm used to," Johnson added.

Along with the material things that impressed Johnson, he was also impressed by the people that help out after class is over.

"The support that the tutors give the athletes off the field. The teachers help you stay ahead of the game and even when they go on the road games, they're not behind in class," Johnson added.

Johnson said he won't take a trip to Arizona next weekend and will focus in on his final three schools of LSU, Arkansas and Tennessee.

"I'm just going to wait and focus on these three schools and make a decision on signing day," Johnson said.

Asked where Tennessee stands after his official visit, Johnson said they are pretty high.

"I definitely learned a lot about the Volunteers and they're pretty high on my list," Johnson said.

Rivals.com ranks Johnson as a four-star defensive tackle.

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