So just what are Anthony Johnson's plans for next year? Nobody seems to know, which might indicate that Johnson himself doesn't know.
As I first reported Friday, Johnson has decided to continue his collegiate football career somewhere other than Mississippi State. Quick recap (or go here): After a strong 2007 sophomore season, the cornerback was dismissed from the team after his involvement in a gun shooting incident and then his leaving the school. He re-enrolled, was let back on the team, but was suspended indefinitely by then-coach Sylvester Croom. He remained on suspension under new coach Dan Mullen.
So I tried to find out last week what was up with Johnson. He hadn't talked with Bracky Brett, MSU's compliance guru, at the time; his former high school coach, Willie Collins, hadn't heard about it until Friday; Johnson's brother, Kenyatta Johnson, a senior at Provine, said through an assistant coach that he knew nothing of Anthony's plans.
And just a few moments ago, I caught up with Johnson's father, Anthony Perkins. I asked him if he could enlighten me about Johnson's future plans. All I could get out of him: "I can't enlighten you any more than that." In other words, "No comment." Nor would Perkins comment on why his son is wanting to leave State at semester's end.
I have a strong feeling that Johnson will wind up at a Division I-AA or Division II school so he won't have to sit out another year. The kid can play, and he wants to play. As for where, we'll just have to wait and see.