Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College coach Rion Rhoades said he has never had a deeper talent pool than he had in 2012.
Two big reasons were his defensive tackles Ben Bradley and Toby Johnson. Bradley, who is 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, has been committed to Tennessee since June. Johnson, who is 6-4 and 305 pounds, has been one of the most sought-after juco products in the nation and is coming off an incredible official visit to Georgia last weekend.
Where you see one, you’re likely to see the other. That will be the case again this weekend as Bradley and Johnson are both making an official visit to Missouri.
“Every day it has been one school or another with these guys,” Rhoades said. “It has been a real pleasure to coach these guys.”
Bradley remains committed to Tennessee, but Rhoades said it has been a tough month for the player because of the coaching changes. Tennessee coach Butch Jones did make a visit Tuesday to Hutchinson to visit Bradley and another Vols commit, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell.
Johnson, meanwhile, has been a primary target for the Bulldogs and for Oklahoma. OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp has made two trips to Hutchinson in the last two weeks to try to secure his commitment. Shipp also visited with Bradley last week.
“With that change in the Tennessee staff, it hasn’t been easy for Ben,” Rhoades said. He wants to make sure it’s still a good fit for him. It’s a different staff, but everything he has liked about the program -- the tradition, campus and atmosphere -- remains the same."
Following Johnson’s visit to Georgia last weekend, it’s safe to say the Bulldogs are his favorite, but the Tigers, Sooners and Nebraska have not stopped pursuing.
“I don’t know where either of these two are going to go, but it’s going to make for an exciting couple of weeks coming up. I’m so happy to see these kids get this kind of recognition,” Rhoades said.