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, TideSports.com 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.
Rivals.com 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.
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”