November 18, 2009

Four-star wide receiver inching closer to a decision

Robert Johnson grew up a Florida State fan and had hoped he'd have an offer from the Seminoles by now.

However, the Rivals250 four-star wide receiver from Hattiesburg (Oak Grove), Miss., isn't losing any sleep over it. Instead, he's beginning to think about a college decision and ready to take the next step in his football career.

"I'm ready to get all this over with and make a decision," Johnson said Tuesday night. "It's madness. I'm cool with it though. It doesn't bother me at all."

Johnson, a 6-foot, 196-pounder with 4.48-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is beginning to narrow his list of prospective suitors. Ole Miss and West Virginia remain on top. Auburn is making a late run and will likely get an official visit, Johnson said. As for the Seminoles, Johnson said he hasn't heard from anyone on Bobby Bowden's staff recently.

"I'm not running out of patience," Johnson said. "I'm just staying steady. If they offer, they offer. If they don't, they don't. They'd be a high consideration. My interest would be very high."

This weekend, Johnson is tentatively planning to head north to Oxford to see Ole Miss play host to No. 10 LSU. Johnson has been in steady contact with Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., and the two have built a strong relationship.

"He's telling me if they can get me and (Macon, Miss., four-star wide receiver) Vincent Sanders, then they'll have lock-down receivers and they wouldn't take any other receivers this year," Johnson said. "I see that. They rotate receivers, but they have another couple of receivers leaving this year and next year. I actually see it."

Johnson has already been on an official visit to West Virginia. He enjoyed his time in Morgantown, but admitted he'd have some soul-searching to do before he committed to spending the next four or five years of his life that far from home.

"It comes down to the relationship with the coaches," Johnson said. "I have good relationships with both (Ole Miss and West Virginia). One's close to home and one's way out. I have to decide if I want to stay close to home or if I want to do something different. That would be a big deal."

Johnson is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 6 prospect in Mississippi. Rivals.com ranks Johnson as the nation's No. 36 wide receiver prospect.

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