February 11, 2009

Mississippi State offers versatile WR

Hattiesburg (Miss.) Oak Grove is one of the most talented teams in the state of Mississippi, particularly at the skill position. Already, three skill players have received offers from Mississippi State and maybe the best of the lot is wide receiver Robert Johnson. Johnson picked up his offer from the Bulldogs just a week ago.

"I got the offer last week," Johnson said. "I want to say it was Tuesday. They sent it through a fax to my coach. That day I had talked to Coach (Tony) Hughes because his son is (Oak Grove teammate) Jay Hughes. I called him up on the phone and talked to him."

The first major offer was a positive for Johnson who has some familiarity with Starkville and the Mississippi State campus.

"It felt good," he said. "Starkville, that's my momma's hometown and I got a grandma and some aunts and cousins there so I'm familiar with it. I'm familiar with them but I haven't been to any games or anything."

The new head coach at Mississippi State doesn't hurt the Bulldogs either. As with many other prospects, Mullen's ties to the Florida offense are a positive to Johnson.

"I checked him out," he said of Mullen. "I didn't really know about him but my aunt told me that he taught Tebow so ever since then I've been checking him out."

Outside of Mississippi State, Johnson lists LSU, Georgia and Alabama as the schools that have been showing him the most interest. Regardless of where he goes, Johnson has a lot of versatility as a prospect.

"Myself, I think I can play receiver at the next level," he said. "I just have to work on my quickness and my route-running but I'm just a wide receiver that can play running back or really anything."

At 6-1, 196 pounds, Johnson could play defense in college or running back but he has performed most effectively at wide receiver. As a junior he lined up in a lot of different roles in Oak Grove's wide open offense.

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