January 4, 2008

2009 OL standout picks up first offer

A player's first scholarship offer is always exciting but for Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy's Wesley Johnson, it didn't quite have the same impact of another milestone from this fall, his first state championship.

Montgomery Bell Academy finished off a 13-0 season with a 12-0 state championship victory over Brentwood Academy in November. Johnson, a 6-5 240-pound defensive tackle anchored the offensive line during that run and took a lot of pride in the accomplishment.

"It felt great," Johnson said of the perfect season. "I feel like we worked hard and earned it. It was an amazing feeling."

Johnson's winter got even better on Friday afternoon when he found out that his home town school of Vanderbilt was extending him an offer.

"My coach McGugin called me and told me to call (Vanderbilt offensive coordinator) coach Cain," Johnson said. "I talked to coach Cain and he told me what the scholarship was all about and that he was excited about it."

A Nashville native, Johnson has grown up watching the Commodores play but isn't ready to name any favorites. In fact he isn't quite ready to think about recruiting too heavily at all.

"I've grown up watching Vanderbilt but I've never seen myself playing for them," he said. "It's exciting to get the offer, I could see myself there but that's really too far off to think about. Right now I just want to focus on my high school team. We're already working out for next season."

Johnson earned his first offer with his tenacious blocking ability and his nasty streak. With his 6-5 height, the next step is to add weight to his 240-pound frame and Johnson is already hard at work. The hard-worker hasn't taken much of a break since his November state championship game and at this point he is much more focused on state championship number two than he is on offer number two.


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