Lamar Johnson profile
"I missed the first six games of the season because I was hurt," explained Lamar. "I came back and I had 46 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown. I made some plays late in the season to help us get into the playoffs."
The abbreviated season did little to hurt Johnson's stock in the eyes of college recruiters.
"I am hearing from Colorado, Marshall, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Ole Miss," said Lamar. "Mississippi State is supposed to be offering me. Martez (Thompson) got his offer from them in the mail, but I am still waiting for mine."
Johnson will certainly feel a lot better about things once he sees his offer in black and white, but he has already had some feelings of euphoria by just hearing the word.
"It feels great," said the talented defensive back. "My principal told me that Coach Sisson said Mississippi State was offering me and Martez. I was really happy. It's been a long time coming."
Lamar believes that the offer from the in-state Bulldogs will be the first of a flurry of options.
"I think Southern (Miss) and Ole Miss are going to offer me too," said Johnson. "They have both been showing me a lot of interest. I was invited to all of their Junior Days and spring games, but I wasn't able to go."
When asked for a self assessment Lamar replied, "I am a smart player. I may not always be the fastest guy on the field or the best in coverage, but I know where to be. I know how to make plays to help the team win."
The Pascagoula Panter reports that he is in no hurry to decide and he is anxious to begin his senior campaign.