Malcolm Johnson was set to visit Alabama this week but had to cancel the visit due to the unexpected recruiting dead period.
Fortunately for the Tide, the 2021 4-Star wide receiver is still heavily interested in Alabama as he put them in his top 12 Sunday.
Top 12 (Recruitment 100% open) pic.twitter.com/YPiCZe9hMY
— Malcolm Johnson Jr (@TTG_Malcolm) March 22, 2020
Georgia, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU were the other SEC schools listed in Johnson’s top 12. Alabama extended an offer to Johnson in September via Charles Huff, Alabama’s running back coach. The Maryland product said he listed the Tide in his top 12 because of the resume they have built and their offensive style.
“Alabama is just a powerhouse,” Johnson said. “I think if anyone gets an offer from them, it is definitely something to consider without even knowing everything about the program. Their offense is explosive and they use speed to their advantage. They love speed.”
Johnson is no stranger to speed. He runs a consistent 10.3 in the 100-meter dash as a track athlete, which is something he wants to do at the next level. The opportunity to run track is something Johnson said he will consider when choosing a college along with a competitive team environment.
“I want to run track and play football,” Johnson said. “I am looking for a program, that can develop me and a program, where players around me have the same mentality as me. That is just like an iron sharpen iron type of deal, where the practice is tough and the game is easy.”
At 6-1 and 185 pounds, Johnson’s speed leaps out on film, but he feels his biggest asset is something else.
“I feel like my heart is my biggest strength, my desire as far as the mental part of the game is concerned,” Johnson added.
Under Nick Saban, Alabama has put some of the best wideouts in school history on the field. Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley are among this group. Johnson is impressed with the consistent talent Alabama has produced at the wide receiver position.
“They are very dynamic,” Johnson said. “They are successful in the league as well. I feel that is definitely something to consider for me when you look at how successful they are.”
Johnson wants to make a decision and announce his commitment before his senior season starts and hopes to get down to Tuscaloosa this Summer.
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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith