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Report: Tide no longer recruiting player charged in rapes

Deon Johnson

Please allow me to beat you to the punch: “well, duh!”

With that out of the way, it appears Deon “D.J.” Johnson’s connection to the Alabama football program has come to a not-exactly-unexpected end.

Five months after verbally committing to Alabama’s 2013 recruiting class, the 19-year-old Spanish Fort (Ala.) high schooler was arrested on second-degree rape and sodomy charges stemming from some type of relationship with the alleged victim, who is a juvenile.  Less than three weeks after that arrest, Johnson was again arrested, this time on a first-degree rape charge in an incident separate from the first.

As a result of one or both of those incidents, and citing multiple sources close to the situation, is reporting that Alabama is no longer recruiting the athlete.

The Tide will be able to neither confirm nor deny the development as NCAA bylaws preclude them from speaking publicly about a potential student-athlete who has not signed a Letter of Intent.  Johnson’s high school coach has thus far refused to comment on his player’s recruitment.

Johnson is out on bail but has been placed under house arrest, with the exception of school hours during the week.  As a result of the restrictions placed on him by the courts, which prevents him from playing football for his high school this season. had Johnson rated as the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Alabama.  As a junior last season, Johnson caught 63 passes, 19 of them for touchdowns.

In addition to the Tide, Johnson also held offers from, among others, LSU, Auburn and Mississippi State.  It’s unclear if any of those schools have continued recruiting the player.

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58 Responses to “Report: Tide no longer recruiting player charged in rapes”
  1. neauxgeaux44 says: Oct 12, 2012 7:50 PM

    Rednecks and ghetto dwellers making Bammy headlines…must be a wonderful place to live….trailer parks and Finebaum for everyone…

  2. ajonesmc931 says: Oct 12, 2012 7:57 PM

    Jus the type of ppl bammers recruit. Surprised they backed out.

  3. rolltide510 says: Oct 12, 2012 7:58 PM

    I love it when bastardized-french rednecks claim superiority over anglo-saxon rednecks.

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 12, 2012 8:00 PM

    I would hope that at the very least any of the schools listed would put the recruitment of a player accused in 2 separate rape cases on hold for a while.

  5. pickney1 says: Oct 12, 2012 8:04 PM

    Why would they recruit players with that type of shady past, I cause talent of shady past ruled in the past

  6. suprmous says: Oct 12, 2012 8:12 PM

    Take me to cases if you will but didn’t the message get thru with the first accusation? I mean did anybody who had any type of influence think to check into this more the first time he was accused? I realize that some Bama fans will come off as holier than thou and be like you shouldn’t be judgin and look whats been happenin at LSU, mous. I do know whats been goin on at LSU and it’s not to be compared to this. Excuse me when another’s assaulted that’s just wrong. I don’t give a rat’s ass whether it’s a guy vs a female or same sex assault it’s just wrong. There’s somethin bout jocks or jocks wanna be who think they can get away with anything. Need I spell “respect” for you? All you Bama folks better be thankful the Bear wasn’t aroun to be coachin in today’s World, it’d be a lot different from what it is now for sure.

  7. mtheparrothead says: Oct 12, 2012 8:20 PM

    Of course they’re still recruiting him. It’s the sec

  8. blitz4848 says: Oct 12, 2012 8:53 PM

    Nice to see all the well thought out intelligent comments are being posted here…..roflmao

  9. mshassen2015 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:04 PM

    great to see Alabama walk away..

  10. timmons94 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:12 PM

    Dude is going to jail. For a long time.

  11. mshassen2015 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:13 PM

    and he should

  12. lennylyles says: Oct 12, 2012 9:23 PM

    West Virginia will recruit him. Check their history.

  13. huskersrock1 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:51 PM

    Well that is a step forward for the SEC.

  14. mshassen2015 says: Oct 12, 2012 10:02 PM

    jealousy will get you no where husker

  15. normtide says: Oct 12, 2012 10:07 PM

    Funny, an LSU fan bashing Bama for recruiting a player that they are recruiting as well. Plus you bring up ghettos and trailer parks? You should really look around your own state. Not much you can say about Alabama that could not be repeated about Louisiana, right down to the fringe fans ( remember the cajuns burning a Saban epitaph and going on tv threatening to kill him and bury him in a swamp). Lots of good, down home people in both states, and both have a few idiots. I can guess which category neauxgeaux44 falls in. After Katrina, fema sent some of his type of cajun to Joe Wheeler State Park, and it was like a Jerry Springer jamboree. But by all means, give us some knowledge, while you live in a bowl between an ocean and a lake, in hurricane alley.

  16. rtfox says: Oct 12, 2012 10:31 PM

    Neauxgeaux44= donkey.

  17. raider2124 says: Oct 12, 2012 10:56 PM


  18. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 12, 2012 11:05 PM

    Sweet, now he’s free to sign with Georgia! Wooohoo@!

  19. gatorguru says: Oct 12, 2012 11:53 PM

    Could Bama list the felonies that they will recruit?Bear recruited beer drinkers and hellraisers, but rapists?Hell,bama had to take their state song from a bunch of boys from Jville.

  20. inconsonance says: Oct 12, 2012 11:55 PM

    @lennylyles: Rich Rodriguez isn’t at WVU anymore, you limp-wristed dipshit.

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 13, 2012 12:38 AM

    @ incontinence

    Thats funny!

  22. rtfox says: Oct 13, 2012 1:32 AM

    Hey gatorgure. Could u list all of the criminals at uf in the urban meyer days?

  23. latrobe21 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:22 AM

    Maybe Allen Pinckett can point Notre Dame in this kid’s direction – fits the “criminal element” that school needs.

  24. tuckfexas says: Oct 13, 2012 8:23 AM

    Back into your cage

  25. mshassen2015 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:27 AM

    so much hate!!!!

  26. gatorguru says: Oct 13, 2012 8:54 AM

    Misdemeanors my friend.Don’t think any gators are looking at life in prison.Rolando McClain, another fine character from Bama. Other than Dreamland bbq,ain’t no reason to step in that Godforsakin’ state.

  27. mshassen2015 says: Oct 13, 2012 9:05 AM

    urban is gone thank god

  28. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 13, 2012 9:29 AM

    Dreamland sucks.

  29. mshassen2015 says: Oct 13, 2012 9:32 AM


  30. phillyphannn83 says: Oct 13, 2012 10:43 AM

    This is all garbage. There should be an exemption written into the law that dismisses the age of the accused offender when they attend the same high school. Let me make myself clear to those of you already angry with what I just said. As I understand it, the first charge came for having a consensual sexual relationship with his GIRLFRIEND!! He is a senior in high school, she’s likely a freshman or sophomore who’s parents don’t understand that 90% of people lose their virginity during high school.

    Now, IF, the second charge stems from a non-consensual encounter, that charge is deserved. But something tells me this is a case of either a girl and/or her parents thinking its alright to use the system to ruin a young man’s life. It happens people. It happens alot and its not funny. To me its absolutely heinous for people to abuse the system with complete ignorance to the effect it will have on the accused, especially when they are classmates.

  31. kozbee says: Oct 13, 2012 10:49 AM

    Good seeing Bama walking away from this one,he spelled trouble anywhere he went.By the way now that Bama no longer gets their clothes from the tailor at the mall whose giving them free threads for autographs,just a thought.

  32. mshassen2015 says: Oct 13, 2012 11:39 AM

    phillyphannn83…. bur really until you know both stories first hand you shouldnt side with this guy

  33. rtfox says: Oct 13, 2012 2:08 PM

    Florida is famous for four things: alligators, theme parks, serial killers, and orange juice. One out of four? Kudos on the orange juice gatorguru.

  34. igottz5onit says: Oct 13, 2012 2:16 PM

    Gamecocks must be salivating over this one. He’s right up Spurrier’s alley.

  35. thebigtim2012 says: Oct 13, 2012 2:32 PM

    Right up spurriers alley? Douchebag comment

  36. igottz5onit says: Oct 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    I didn’t mean anything bad by it. Just saying that Spurrier likes to recruit people that like to commit crimes and are stupid. I guess I was kind of stating the obvious.

  37. mshassen2015 says: Oct 13, 2012 2:56 PM

    igottz5onit….. I’m a gator fan all his years here he never recruited players like that

  38. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 13, 2012 3:48 PM

    @ igottz

    That has to be one of the most ignorant comments I’ve ever seen on this board, and I see a lot of stupid shit on here.

  39. mshassen2015 says: Oct 13, 2012 4:06 PM

    igottz5onit……well of course you do you have to look at yours before you send it…

  40. igottz5onit says: Oct 13, 2012 4:19 PM

    At hound:
    I’m totally offended and hurt. I’ve said much more ignorant shit on here.

    At mhassan:
    Can you please clarify that last comment? I can’t tell if you are attempting a lame put down or are just not sure how to post on this board.

    Have a great day

  41. mshassen2015 says: Oct 13, 2012 4:53 PM

    igottz5onit… just you clamed Spurrier recruites rapest and my comment to you was Spurrier didnt while he was at fl…. and then you said…..That has to be one of the most ignorant comments I’ve ever seen on this board, and I see a lot of stupid shit on here…. and I said….well of course you do you have to look at yours before you send it…meaning your comments are pretty stupid

  42. mshassen2015 says: Oct 13, 2012 4:54 PM

    can you understand that

  43. igottz5onit says: Oct 13, 2012 7:02 PM

    I can. Can you read? Because I didn’t write that.

  44. thebigtim2012 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:07 PM

    Either a young girls or this young mans life has been ruined. Try to keep a little perspective. To use this as a opportunity to trash another team is the most despicable thing I have ever heard of and if u can’t understand that u are a waste of flesh it’s a goddamn sport and at least two peoples lives are ruined

  45. igottz5onit says: Oct 13, 2012 7:52 PM

    You’re right. I’ve been extremely insensitive. I thought this was a college football website. Not an Oprah ‘s bookclub meeting where people don’t understand a joke and are raging pu$$ies full of sand. My sincerest apologies to everyone whose feelings I’ve hurt.

  46. Deb says: Oct 13, 2012 8:35 PM

    @mshassen2015 …

    Dreamland is a famous rib joint that launched in a shack in Tuscaloosa. Although he’s an Auburn grad, Charles Barkley ships their ribs everywhere.

    @normtide …

    Congrats on being able to make enough sense of that hypocritical LSU fan’s ramblings to respond.

  47. suprmous says: Oct 14, 2012 11:10 PM

    For some of you younguns who aren’t old enuff to have been aroun when the Bear was at Bama you’ll never understand what a displinarian he was. With several trips to T-town and other trips to games X3 under my belt I just happened to have come in contact with his anger “off the field” as well as on the field. Say what you will about him goin after beer drinkers and hell raisers but the man wasn’t particularly fond of anything that resembled crimes that took advantage of females. I respected the man when he was at Bama and didn’t lose it when he passed. Nonetheless, you who’ve given me thumbs down must enjoy the criminal element bein permissable both within sports and life.

  48. Deb says: Oct 15, 2012 2:43 PM

    A lot of us are old enough to remember Bear Bryant, to have met him, to have family members and friends who knew him and/or played for him. And we’re smart enough to understand that the culture at Alabama hasn’t changed just because Alabama hired a coach that used to work for LSU and some of their fans will never get over it.

    We also understand that this player was being recruited by several schools, including yours. And we understand that accusations are not proof. The sad thing is that accusations will probably be enough to cost this young man his career just as they did for Brian Banks. Banks was a high school football star who’d been recruited to USC when a rape accusation derailed his dreams. Ten years later–after he’d served five years in prison–he was fully exonerated when his accuser admitted she’d made up the whole thing. Unfortunately, his dreams of playing in the NFL were over. At least he is now getting a shot in the UFL, but it’s a far cry from what he could have been.

    If this young man is guilty of rape, he deserves the harshest penalty the law can dish out. But that will be decided by a judge and jury, not some Alabama hater screeching on a football site who hasn’t seen ONE piece of evidence.

    I realize your hatred of Nick Saban knows no limits. But just because you are incapable of comprehending that an accusation is not the same as a conviction does not mean that no one else on this site has any morals but you. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you know more about Bear Bryant than the Bama faithful no matter how many brothers you claim played there.

  49. suprmous says: Oct 16, 2012 12:51 AM

    Miss Know it All, I don’t believe for one second what I posted at the very beginnin had one sentence referring to Saban or did it infer hatred toward him. Damn it, go have your eyes ck’d or at least re-ready that particular post. And while you’re re-readin I don’t believe you’ll find one word or sentence where I refer to my brothers. Your distain for me shows no matter what I say and quite frankly I DON’T GIVE A DAMN, MISS DIVA. And, I’m not the only person on any blog to call you that either. You once told me to leave you the hell alone, take your own advice IF YOU CAN.

  50. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 16, 2012 1:19 PM

    agrees with @Suprmous

  51. gmen1987 says: Oct 16, 2012 3:28 PM

    Perhaps this guy could play for Jerry Sandusky for an all star sex offender prison football team. Ole Jer would want to know if Deon’s alleged victim has any younger brothers.

  52. Deb says: Oct 16, 2012 7:37 PM

    @tlmoon2112 …

    You’re joking!! You mean the guy who posts anti-Saban rants on every Bama thread and has hissy fits when I object agrees with the hysterical nut who posts anti-Saban rants on every Bama thread and has hissy fits when anyone objects by giving her thumbs down?

    I would never have guessed. LOL

  53. choppa2lis says: Oct 16, 2012 8:47 PM

    what is funny is that somebody actually called charles barkley an auburn “grad” .

  54. suprmous says: Oct 17, 2012 7:07 AM

    Again Miss Know it All strikes again with unfounded criticizm and lack of control. Lacking control of telling something she wishes were the truth. I no more have hissy fits when somebody thumbs me down than a man in the moon. I come out and ask for an explaination as to why. But who is it that calls others names, i.e. witch, cow, etc to make herself look like the saint she’s not? Who can sit and criticize people for what she thinks is having her friends take up for others while leaving her ranting and raving like a babbling fool because she feels let down? I repeat you told me once to leave you the hell alone and I said to take your own advice. But somehow judging me still is one of your missions on here it seems. Get a life and a grip will ya and don’t worry about what I say or do because it doesn’t make you any better than me still.

  55. suprmous says: Oct 17, 2012 7:10 AM

    Oh and by the way I was born a female and still am so that doesn’t make me a guy. And you sure can dream up some doozies: me goin on every Bama thread.

  56. Deb says: Oct 17, 2012 12:47 PM

    @choppa2lis …

    LOL … sorry. Change that to Auburn star. 😉

  57. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 18, 2012 8:46 AM

    @suprmous – can you imagine what kind of hell it must be to be married to her? I feel terrible for her husband. Im guessing he has “dead clock syndrome” bigtime.

  58. materialman80 says: Oct 19, 2012 11:49 AM

    Doesn’t sound like he needs to playing football anywhere, he needs to be in jail.

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