Cardinals’ Johnson headed for Delta State

Dollarway senior Anthony Johnson is headed for a traditional Division II football power.

Johnson has signed a letter of intent with Delta State (Miss.), becoming the first Cardinals player this year to officially commit with a college team. The signing came after a high school career that saw Johnson start all three years and make the 4A All-State team as a senior.

“I thought Anthony was a leader,” Dollarway coach Cortez Lee said. “I consider him a second coach on the field, someone who led by example. He was always at practice on time, listening to the coaches on whatever game plan we had, and, like I said, he led by example.”

Johnson, a defensive tackle, recorded 40 tackles, including 12 solo, 13 for loss and two sacks, as a senior.

Johnson joins the first recruiting class at Delta State under coach Todd Cooley, who was hired in January. The Statesmen finished 3-7 last season, but they’ve played for NCAA Division II championships twice in their history, winning in 2000 and losing in 2010.

Johnson said Delta State’s history wasn’t really a factor in his decision, adding Delta State was the only school to offer him a scholarship.

“I was just looking for a place to call home,” he said. “I went to try out there and the coach liked what he had seen.”