September 17, 2007

Nico excited by UA win

2009 standout Nico Johnson picked up four written offers in early September and the Andalusia native is expected to be one of the nation's top linebacker prospects. This weekend Johnson, 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, was expected to be in Tuscaloosa but due to illness couldn't make it. But he did watch it at home and was impressed with the Tide's 41-38 thrilling come from behind victory.

"I really wanted to go to the game but I was sick and couldn't make it. I haven't been up there yet but I'm going to try to come this week for Georgia and also the LSU game," Johnson said. "I did watch the game on TV and it was a good game. I know the defense struggled at times but Arkansas has a great running game. When the defense had to step up they did. Losing (Darren) Mustin didn't help but they pulled it out.

"I was really excited when they won because they haven't had a comeback win in a while. I knew the defense had it in them to give the offense the ball back and I knew that the offense could score because they moved the ball the whole game. It was a very exciting win and Alabama is off to a great start."

Johnson picked up all four of his offers in the first week of September and it appears there will be many more on the way in the near future.

"Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Ole Miss are the only written offers but I'm getting mail from across the country. There are a lot of schools showing interest in me," Johnson said. "I don't have a lot of schools I like because I don't know a lot about them. I am a big Alabama fan so they are up there and I like Auburn a little bit and LSU. I'm not going to rule anyone out right now.

"I thought about committing early but now I think I just want to wait it out and focus on my season. I don't have to be in a rush. I might do something after the season is over but I don't have a firm time set."

Andalusia is off to a good season with the Bulldogs coasting to an easy win Friday night.

"We won 35-0 Friday night. We are 2-1 on the year. Friday night the game was delayed for a while because of the weather and the starters only played the first half," Johnson said. "I played OK but I can play a lot better. I had 10 tackles and three sacks but I want to do a better job. I've still got to lot to learn."

As a sophomore Johnson recorded 126 tackles and two interceptions. He boasts a 300-pound bench press, 500 squat and 37-inch vertical jump.


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