"Chubby" returns from SEC visit
Robert Johnson at Ole Miss game
Robert Johnson at Ole Miss game
Mississippi Scout
Posted Nov 24, 2009

The 6' 1", 205 pound receiver out of Oak Grove is in the middle of trying to win a state championship. Friday his team beat Meridian in the South Semifinals. Saturday, he drove to Oxford to watch the showdown between Ole Miss and LSU. To learn how his visit went, read below.

"We beat Meridian 43-28 Friday," added Robert Johnson who was nicknamed "Chubby" by his grandmother at an early age. "We knew who we were playing, and we handled our business."

Oak Grove opened the playoffs against Harrison Central and Robert took the opening kickoff for a 88 yard TD. He also caught a 71 yard pass for a touchdown later on in the game. Now that the Warriors have their starting QB in place, Chubby has been getting back in the flow after a slow start.

"I am feeling a lot better out there now. It was just about getting our QB back in there. When Steve (McNair) or Jay (Hughes) were in there (at QB). We were just running the Wild Cat ,and there was not too much passing going on, but our offense is back in a rhythm now."

That is a good thing because they face a stern test Friday in the South Finals against Ocean Springs.

"We have been watching film on them all day, and they are big, physical, and they have a big defensive line that likes to blitz a lot. I am going to have to watch their LB's, and when I am on defense because I am going to be going both ways this game, I am going to have to key in on their formations. I have been playing a lot of defensive back as of late. I am playing some corner and safety."

One college that has offered, Auburn, is actually looking at Robert now as a defensive back.

"I am actually going over there for an official visit in January (1/8) with Jay Hughes. They are kind of recruiting me as a DB. Coach Phillips said he would like to put me in at safety. He asked me what I would like to play, and I told him receiver. He said he was going to give me a chance to play on both sides of the ball. He told me that he recruited Courtney Taylor at corner back, and then he gave him a chance at receiver, and he never saw him again. That is what he said he is going to do with me."

Robert took in his first Ole Miss football game on Saturday and came away impressed.

"It was really packed and crazy. SEC fans are crazy and really loud. That was my first Ole Miss game I had ever been to. It was different from USM and MSU. I did not know LSU was that big of a rival. They call it the Magnolia bowl. I did not know it was that big of a rival. My coach preached to me about how much Ole Miss hates LSU and it showed in the crowd. I have never been in a stadium that loud and crazy. I thought it was pretty cool how every time LSU kicked a FG, the Ole Miss fans would throw it back on the field like Wrigley (field)."

Johnson got to take in the Grove and the Walk of Champions.

"The Walk of Champions was pretty exciting. I have never seen anything like that. There were fans and tents everywhere. They really love their football at Ole Miss. The Ole Miss and LSU fans were battling each other and it was alive. I just met so many people through my coach that he knew up there. A lot of people who follow recruiting were coming up to me and telling me how much they wanted me up there at Ole Miss. That made me feel pretty good to know so many people knew me up there."

What impressed him the most about Ole Miss during the trip?

"The most impressive thing to me was the fan support and how much they rotate their WR's. Everyone can get an opportunity to make a play at Ole Miss. They are playing those two freshmen receivers, #10 (Jesse Grandy) and Pat Patterson a lot. That impressed me a lot. Coach Dickerson had been telling me the whole time that he used all of his WR's, and he was not lying. He has always been straight up with me, and that is what I really like about Ole Miss."

Robert went into the Ole Miss locker room after the game and met several of the players.

"I shook all of the receivers hands, like Dexter McCluster, Shay Hodge, and Markeith Summers. They were just telling me about their experience up there at Ole Miss and how good it is up there."

What did the coaches say to Scout.com's #64 nationally ranked WR?

"They told me that they are losing Shay Hodge and Dexter McCluster and Markeith Summers is going to be a senior next year. They told me about Shay leading the SEC in receiving. They give you a chance to be put in the spot light and to be the best. Every player out of high school wants that chance, and Ole Miss gives you that chance. They told me that they work you in the summer to see what your strengths and weaknesses are so they can put you in the right packages once the season starts."

Chubby will be heading over to Starkville to watch the Egg Bowl on Saturday. It pits two of his finalist against one another. What will he be looking for?

"I want to see how they rotate their players in and out. I do not want to say who every throws the ball the most, but who has the best offense. I want to see who has the more explosive offense. That is what I will be really watching the most."

Outside of the two Mississippi programs; who else is heavily in the picture?

"Louisville is still calling a lot. FSU is still calling and North Carolina has been calling lately. They want to see all of my film from this year and bring me in for a visit. Of course West Virginia is still in it and Auburn too."

Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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