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Oxford (Miss.) Lafayette offensive lineman Eli Johnson has decided to stay home and play for Ole Miss. Johnson becomes the third player in the class of 2016 to verbally commit to the Rebels, joining DeKaylin Metcalf and Justin Conner.
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"I've always wanted to play at Ole Miss," Johnson said. "I felt like it's the right time for me to do it. I'm really excited. One of my teammates, D.K. Buford, is going there, and ever since I got the offer he has been in my ear about going there. "
Johnson selected Ole Miss over Mississippi State and heavy interest from Michigan, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-3, 288-pound offensive guard felt the most comfortable with the Rebels' coaching staff.
"Offensive line coach Matt Luke is my primary recruiter and he has been all over me ever since he offered me," Johnson said. "I really like Coach Luke and he is an awesome guy. Honestly, the thing that separated Ole Miss was how active Coach (Hugh) Freeze was in my recruitment. That was kind of different and I liked that a lot."
Now that his recruitment is over, Robinson will be doing some recruiting of his own.
"I'm good friends with Javon Patterson," Patterson said. "I'm going to be working hard on him along with Matt Womack and Tyler Pritchett."
Johnson said he is done with his recruitment and he likely won't take any visits in the coming future.
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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