Tyreke Johnson will release a top five soon, and Alabama will be on the U.S. Army All-American’s list.
Johnson, a 2018 four-star athlete from Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.), told SEC Country that the Crimson Tide will make the cut because of the team’s ability to produce NFL talent.
The All-American has realized that Alabama’s success in producing NFL prospects may just be based on how the team recruits.
“All of their guys are NFL ready. At the end of the day, it’s about getting to the NFL,” Johnson said. “Alabama recruits NFL-ready guys. They coach them up a little bit and teach them some things, but they really are NFL ready when they get to college. Calvin Ridley could have started in the NFL this year and so could Derrick Henry.”
Georgia and UCLA are two other schools that are likely to be on Johnson’s top five. Both of those schools have NFL-caliber players on their rosters but not as many as Alabama, Johnson acknowledged.
The state of Florida’s No. 1 prospect in the 2018 class said he’s looking for a school that has as many NFL prospects on the roster as possible, and he would not mind the competition.
“You want to go to a school that already has a bunch of players going to the league over a school that you may play at right away,” Johnson said.
Another thing Alabama has going for itself: Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is one of the coaches that believed in Johnson from a young age.
Pruitt has been recruiting Johnson ever since his first run at Alabama, where he coached from 2007-12, and Johnson said it means a lot to him that the coach has seen his potential for years.
“Coach Pruitt and I have been homies ever since he was at Alabama the first time around and then he went to Florida State and Georgia.
“I would love to play for Pruitt.”
Johnson is currently recovering from labrum surgery. The elite prospect tore his labrum in the 8th grade but recently decided to get the surgery done. That’s similar to what Alabama linebacker signee Mack Wilson did. Wilson tore his labrum during his 10th grade season and waited until his senior year was finished to have surgery.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder, does not know when he’ll make a college decision, but when he gets there, he knows what he wants to study. He’d like to double major in business and finance with the hopes of owning a real estate company.
“I was watching a celebrity realtors show and that’s just easy money,” Johnson said. “All you do is just show people houses that are already made and call people to get it done? Easy.”
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.