This new-look staff that Matt Luke has pieced together is looking better and better with each passing day. Especially on the recruiting trail. It all started a week and a half ago when the Rebels started a run of nine commits in nine days.
Now they have 10. In the month of June alone.
Three-star weak-side defensive end Cedric Johnson of Mobile, Ala. has verbally committed to the Rebs after a strong showing at the Elite Camp a few weeks ago. This commitment is on the heels of not only a strong performance in front of the staff in Oxford, but right after receiving some pretty notable offers.
The relatively unknown prospect has recently experienced somewhat of a blow-up on the recruiting trail, earning offers from Mike MacIntyre and Ole Miss, as well as from Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas A&M. The Davidson High School product may not be known by everyone just yet, but folks are beginning to take notice.
The Yellowhammer defensive end/outside linebacker is the 14th commit in the 2020 class and is new linebackers coach Jeff Koonz’s second.
How does he fit in?
The 6’3, 225-pounder does a lot of things for the Warriors, standing up as an outside backer, putting his hand in the ground as an edge rusher, and covering a ton of ground in the passing game. As evidenced by the sudden throng of offers heading his way from SEC teams, Johnson has plenty of upside. He is a high motor guy who is slippery in the trenches and utilizes his athleticism when pursuing the quarterback and/or ball carrier.
Austrian Robinson will be out of eligibility following this season and underclassmen like Ryder Anderson, Tariqious Tisdale, Charles Wiley, and Sam Williams will be counted on this season to contribute. After them, in steps Cedric Johnson to take over the 3-4 rush end position. I think this guy is going to make an impact sooner rather than later because of his 4.65 forty-yard dash speed and ability to get skinny and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Another great evaluation and pick-up for the Rebs.