April 9, 2010

Johnson on the comeback trail

Malcolm Johnson was one of 26 players to ink a national letter of intent to Mississippi State on signing day.

But Johnson signed his scholarship paperwork confined in a wheelchair one day removed from surgery to repair a broken fifth metatarsal suffered while playing basketball.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound receiver's injury was a blessing in disguise. Johnson publically revealed to BulldogBlitz for the first time that he had received a late scholarship offer from Cincinnati and was planning to take an official visit to the Bearcats campus on the weekend prior to signing day.

But on the eve of his visit, Johnson broke his foot in a basketball game which cancelled his trip. So following successful surgery, Johnson fulfilled his commitment to the Bulldogs in front of a packed audience at Northridge High School.

"They had a little reception in the library where all the football players, basketball players, coaches and close friends could come," Johnson said. "The athletic director talked and my coaches talked. All the news people came and they did some interviews with me. We had a few snacks and cake for all my friends. It was nice."

Since that time Johnson has been on the comeback trail working out mainly his upper body and adding 15-pounds since the conclusion of his high school season.

"I'm in the latter stage and am almost done with rehab," Johnson said. "I've been doing that for about three weeks now and on Monday I got cleared to run and jump."

Johnson was rated a three-star prospect and the No. 81 receiver in the country as well as the No. 33 prospect in Alabama. He won MVP honors at both the Rivals Ultimate100 Combines in Birmingham and Atlanta.

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