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North Delta Signing

Signing a national letter of intent posthumously for North Delta senior Michael Johnson were members of his family including (front, l to r) brother A.J. Johnson, parents Odessa and Michael Johnson and back head football coach Richard Russo. The Panolian photo by Angie Ledbetter

Alcorn signs Johnson posthumously


In a possibly unprecendented move, the NCAA allowed Alcorn State to sign the late Michael Johnson to a full scholarship for the 2008-09 year.

Johnson, a senior at North Delta, was killed January 27 in an automobile accident. After hearing of the accident, Alcorn pushed to be able to sign Johnson even though he is not present to do so himself.

North Delta School held a signing ceremony Wednesday morning with the high school students. Johnson’s parents Odessa and Michael and brother A.J. Johnson were present. His mother signed for him.