July 2, 2009

Rivals MVP picks up first offer

Malcolm Johnson began this summer virtually unknown among the recruiting ranks.

But after two overall Most Valuable Player Awards at Rivals National Underclassmen Ultimate100 camps and a strong showing at Mississippi State's 7-on-7 camp has landed the 6-foot-1, 200-pound wide receiver his first scholarship offer.

"Things started off slow," Johnson said. "I guess I am just a late bloomer. I went to the National Underclassman Camp in Birmingham and won the overall MVP there but a lot of people didn't hear about that. I then went to a 7-on-7 camp at Mississippi State with my team three or four weeks ago and I did pretty well up there and a lot of Mississippi coaches were wondering who I was and it even got back to Tuscaloosa how well I did back there. After that I went to the National Underclassman Camp in Atlanta and won the overall MVP there too. Everything is starting to come together so everything has been going well."

Johnson's efforts paid off last week when Mississippi State became the first school to offer him a scholarship.

"It feels good because it comes before my senior year," Johnson said. "I know that I have something to fall on but it also motivates me to keep working because I know that I can play SEC ball. It was surprising because nobody knew me at first but all this stuff happened so quick and I have an offer. It's humbling, surprising, exciting, crazy, it was so many emotions."

Johnson now has the Bulldogs as his favorite. He feels that both the location and style of offense combined with new head coach Dan Mullen is a place where he could see himself headed.

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