By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Josh Johnson has a few scholarship offers to play community college football, but the Mooreville running back/wide receiver wants more.
He’ll get an opportunity to perform in front of NCAA Division I coaches this week when he plays in the National Underclassman Combine’s North-South All-Star Football Game, scheduled for Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Johnson said. “I’m going out there to give it my all. I wanted the exposure and I’d like to receive a (D-I) scholarship.”
Johnson is one of four Mississippi athletes selected to play. He’ll be joined by fellow Northeast Mississippi players Devin Elliott, a wide receiver from Okolona, and Willis Morton, an offensive lineman from Nettleton. Natchez defensive back Amos James was also selected to participate.
Johnson compiled 1,002 yards rushing and receiving with 13 touchdowns this past season for the Troopers. His junior year, he rushed for 1,407 yards and scored 22 TDs.
“We moved him around this year because everybody knew about him,” Mooreville coach Kevin Austin said. “We played him at slot receiver and on defense. That knocked down his rushing yards.”
Johnson still managed to rush for 802 yards and score 11 TDs this season.
“He has worked hard. I hope he gets an opportunity to play at the next level,” Austin said. “He’s a good kid. We’re glad he played for Mooreville.”
Two 50-player rosters from the North and South were selected for this week’s game. Two years ago, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny “Football” Manziel of Texas A&M played in the National Underclassman Combine game.