Paris Johnson
Paris  Johnson

Recruiting Intern


Michigan State 56- Indiana 17


Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.

Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.

Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue


Michigan State 56 - Wyoming 14


Michigan State Media Day


Michigan State 34 - Ohio State 24

Former NFL Draft pick Paris Johnson is in his third season working with the Michigan State football program, his first as a recruiting intern. He served as a defensive graduate assistant at MSU in 2013-14, primarily working with the defensive backs under secondary coach Harlon Barnett.

A Chicago native, Johnson began his collegiate football career at North Iowa Community College before transferring to Miami (Ohio) University. A two-year letterwinner (1997-98) for the RedHawks as a safety, Johnson was a member of the 1998 team that went 10-1 and tied for the Mid-American Conference East Division title. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft (No. 122 overall) by Arizona and played one season (1999) with the Cardinals. Johnson also was on practice squads for the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys.

Following his playing career, Johnson spent over eight years in law enforcement (2003-11), serving as a police officer before participating in the NFL Players Association Coaching Internship Program. He was an assistant in 2012 at Central State (Ohio) University, coaching the defensive backs and special teams.

Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Miami in 2006 and earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State in 2015.