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SEC Headlines – 8/23/11 Part Three

1.  Can Arkansas avoid fourth-quarter chokes in 2011?

2.  Fifth-year offensive lineman Grant Freeman is ready for a starting job.

3.  UA is now selling merchandise featuring the slogan, “We didn’t come to paint.”  Yeah, I don’t get it, either.

4.  LSU is trying to stay focused on its Oregon preps.

5.  The Tigers appear to have more distractions than the Ducks heading into next week’s game.

6.  John Chavis current bunch of defensive tackles want to star like their predecessors.

7.  Defensive tackle signee Mickey Johnson will grayshirt at LSU.

8.  Mississippi State needs transfer Brandon Maye to step right in as the Dogs try to replace all three starting linebackers.

9.  State picked up the pace during practice yesterday.

10.  MSU fans won’t be able to take their cowbells to Memphis for season opener… which should surprise no one.

11.  Ah, but here are some great ideas on how to sneak those cowbells into stadiums where they’re banned.

12.  Three freshman linebackers are fighting for playing time at Ole Miss.

13.  Houston Nutt says his team had a good preseason camp.

14.  The Rebels are still seeking their true identity on defense.

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LSU Lands Mickey Johnson

LSU has received a commitment from defensive tackle Mickey Johnson from St. Paul’s High School in Covington, La.

Johnson chose LSU over Arkansas and Tennessee. He’s the 22nd commitment for LSU’s 2011 class.

Johnson’s commitment to LSU could be a sign that the Tigers are out of the running for Timmy Jernigan, a highly-touted defensive tackle from Lake City, Fla.

Jernigan has been strongly considering Florida and Florida State. Tennessee is also in the picture. reported on Thursday night that Jernigan has decided to take an official visit to UT this weekend, which could help the Vols make a strong push on the last weekend before signing day.

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Decision Day For Two SEC Prospects

Georgia will finally learn today if defensive end Ray Drew from Thomasville, Ga., will play for the Bulldogs.

Drew, who’s considering Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Clemson and Miami, will announce his choice at 10 a.m. eastern time at Thomas County Central High School. Drew has made his decision.

Oh, I know where I’m going,” Drew said. “I made up my mind a while ago. I’m ready to get it out and get it over with. I’ve had fun with it, but it’s taken its toll.”

Defensive tackle Mickey Johnson from Covington, La., will let his decision be known today as well. Johnson is considering Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee.

At first it was fun going around and everything,” Johnson said. “But lately it’s started getting tough. The pressure’s been building up on me.”

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