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Recruiting Mississippi

Johns was Mr. Football in Mississippi in 2004

Lamenting the one that got away is ordinarily reserved for fishing tales. But a bass that spits the hook only hurts your feelings. When a big fish gets away in the football recruiting world, it can come back to bite.

Over the years, Alabama has had Georgia natives come up big in wins over Georgia and Georgia Tech, men from Florida help beat the Gators, Tennesseeans have big games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt, and on and on. And it occasionally cuts the other way. Older fans can remember Auburn's Ronnie Ross of Tuscaloosa moving from tight end to shore up a depleted linebacker corps for the Tigers in...

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