February 24, 2011

Sophomore QB visits UA

While the Alabama Junior Day event was mostly centered around the Class of 2012, there were at least a few members of the Class of 2013 on hand for the event, including one of the state's top sophomore quarterbacks, Montgomery (AL) Carver signal caller Jeremy Johnson. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound pro-style quarterback said he was blown away by the visit and while the recruiting process is still in the very early stages for him, Alabama has made a good early impression.

"I went there for a camp last summer and I've been to a couple of games but this was my first time really getting to tour the facilities," Johnson said. "I was really amazed by what I saw. I just couldn't believe it. Coach Saban has everything working perfectly in that program and it just seems like they've thought of everything. It kind of blew me away."

"I hung out with Trent Richardson and Dee Hart at the basketball game and they were both really cool guys. The whole program has this sort of feel about it where they are really proud of the tradition they have but that's not enough for them. They never stop pushing for more. They are already right in the middle of the their offseason conditioning. The guys you see who have come through there the past few years are guys who have a ton of that competitive spirit. They aren't just out there to beat the other guy, it's almost like they are competing with themselves everyday to try and get better."

Johnson said that he has spent time as both an Auburn and Alabama fan growing up but in recent years, he has been rooting for the Tide.

"I actually was an Auburn fan when I was younger, back when Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown were there but I kind of became a Bama fan after that and I really have been ever since."

"I talked to Coach (Jim) McElwain and he said the system they run at Alabama is really similar to the kind of stuff we run at my high school, although it's obviously a lot more complex. It's a pro-style offense, really. He told me to keep working on my mechanics and my footwork but he really thinks I have a lot of promise. He said when he saw me at camp last year I looked a little nervous because I was one of the youngest quarterbacks there but when I got out there and started throwing he really liked what he saw. I will definitely be back for one of the camps this summer."


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