Four-star QB talks visits
Jeremy Johnson
Mississippi Scout
Posted Apr 9, 2012


Montgomery, Ala., quarterback Jeremy Johnson, rated the No. 21 quarterback in the country by Scout.com., visited a handful of schools last week, including Ole Miss.

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Johnson visited Ole Miss last Tuesday.

"My dad took me over there and it was really nice," Johnson said. The first thing we did when we got there was meet all of their coaches. We shook everybody's hand and they took us on a tour of campus. We went to the Grove and Walk of Champions and it was pretty nice, but what caught my attention were their facilities. They're the nicest I've seen so far and I've been to a lot of nice places like Auburn, LSU, Alabama, and Clemson."

The 6' 6", 210-pound quarterback headed to an Ole Miss practice after the tour.

"I liked their offense. It's an up-tempo offense. I enjoyed the drills and everything the QBs were doing in their drills. It was actually amazing. They had seven different quarterbacks and they were just all going and going and going all getting in their reps. That impressed me."

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze had some one-on-one time with Johnson after the practice.

"He asked me what they had to do to catch up with Auburn and LSU. I just told him to keep in touch. He asked me if they were calling him, and I told him they were just Facebooking me and then I would call them. When I got home Ole Miss had sent over 100 letters to me and my parents. Coach Freeze has been Facebooking me ever since and we've been talking a lot. He's fun to be around. I really like Coach Freeze. Ole Miss is also a great school."

This was Johnson's first trip to Oxford. What did he specifically want to learn about the Rebels while on the trip?

"I really just went over there to meet everyone and build a good relationship with those guys. Their coaches are good people and fun to be around so I wanted to go see them. Coach (Chris) Kiffin came over to my school on numerous occasions when he was at Arkansas State. I knew they were going to offer me at Arkansas State but they told me I also had an offer at Ole Miss as soon as they moved to the SEC. That impressed me. I just wanted to get to know those guys better, and I also wanted to see if Ole Miss had a family environment. They do, so that was great. I enjoyed myself a lot and I'll definitely be taking an official visit over there later."

How did the South Carolina trip go?

"It was good. When I first got there we went and watched them practice. I spoke to Coach Brown for a little while. He's their defensive back coach that recruits our area. I went over there to their scrimmage and that was about it. I saw how they looked and went back home."

What did he like most about South Carolina?

"I enjoyed their defense a lot. I've never seen a defense like that. They play man-on-man and get after it. It kind of made me want to go play safety for them. I play safety here too. Everybody just goes crazy on their defense. They lock you down, talk a lot of trash, and let you know about it."

Any chance Johnson plays safety on the next level?

"Oh no, I'm quarterback all of the way. I just liked how South Carolina plays defense but I'm a quarterback."

Johnson has also had a chance to visit LSU's campus.

"Baton Rouge, well, it starts with Coach (Les) Miles. Every time I step foot on that campus everybody is happy when I come around. Coach Miles is a great person. He's a lot like my dad and those two have a great connection. I can see myself with coach Miles. I'm so comfortable around him."

What stands out about Auburn?

"I came in for their summer camp right after they won the national championship and they offered me. That was my first offer. To get your first offer from the school that just won the national championship was really cool. I've been going down there for I don't know how long. I've been over there a bunch. I just feel really comfortable around that community and you just can't beat that. I have the strongest connection with them out of all of the schools. They love me, and I love them too."

Who is closest to offering next?

"I would say South Carolina."

What are going to be the important factors when it comes decision time?

"It starts with academics. I want to get my degree. I want to go to a school that is going to help me get my degree. I mean, I know all of them are going to provide you tutors, but I want one that is really focused on me getting my degree. I want to be comfortable with the community and fans. Lastly, I want to fit into their offense. Who do they have coming back and who did they just bring in at quarterback? How many years is it going to be before I play? All of those things will be important to me."

What did he learn about the Gamecocks?

"I learned that they take their shots down the field. They like to throw the deep ball and that is what I like to do. They are going for the home run, and that is what I like about their offense."


Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com



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