Top Linebacker Trey Johnson Commits to Buckeyes
By Tony Gerdeman
The 2013 Ohio State recruiting class has now reached 20 commits as linebacker Trey Johnson out of Central Gwinnet in Lawrenceville, Georgia gave his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes at the Under Armour All-American game Friday evening.
Announcing live on ESPN, Johnson was choosing between Ohio State, Tennessee and Florida. When it came time to make his decision known, he calmly said, "Next year I'll be attending The Ohio State."
"It just felt perfect when I went on my visit," he explained. "The atmosphere, the coaching staff, everything. It just felt like a perfect fit."
Speaking to the-Ozone back in November, Johnson cited Ohio State's linebacker tradition as one of the draws to Columbus. Ohio State coaches made sure to stay in heavy contact with him, letting him know that they are in need of linebackers, and he fit what they were looking for.
A one-time Auburn commit, Johnson also had offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC, in addition to his final three.
Johnson is one of the top-rated linebackers in the 2013 class. He was First Team All-State as a junior and Second Team as a senior. He earned offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Alabama and Auburn prior to his junior season.
Each of the four major recruiting services rates him a four-star prospect. ESPN ranks him their #2 inside linebacker, 247 Sports ranks him their #3 inside linebacker, Rivals has him as the #4 inside linebacker, and Scout is the lone outlier, ranking him the #21 outside linebacker in the nation.
After the game, Johnson was scheduled to meet with Urban Meyer, and no doubt there was a little bit of celebrating going on. He is also scheduled to meet with Auburn again according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
"With Trey, Ohio State is getting a kid that is going to be ready to play from the first day," Central Gwinnet coach Todd Wofford told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
"He’s not into all the rankings, the media staff and ‘me, me, me’ things. He’s a student of the game. When he talks to college coaches, they come back to me and tell me it’s like talking to another coach."
Johnson continues the Georgia pipeline that Ohio State has built over the years, with the likes of Brandon Mitchell, Anderson Russell, Cameron Heyward and Bradley Roby, among others.
"Ohio State is getting an SEC-caliber player, which is what Urban Meyer is trying to bring to his Ohio State teams," Wofford said.
"It’s the same format that Brian Kelly did with Notre Dame and their defense – bring as many kids from the south up north, and have them outrun the offenses."
Interestingly, Johnson could be just the tip of the iceberg from the Peach State moving forward, as there are a slew of top 2014 Georgia prospects who have the Buckeyes high among their leaders. Most notable in this group are five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan, four-star receiver Demarre Kitt, four-star athlete Myles Autry and four-star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is the only 2014 quarterback with an Ohio State offer at the moment.
Ohio State is expected to add at least one more member to their recruiting class on Saturday in the form of five-star middle linebacker Mike Mitchell out of Plano, Texas. There is also the chance that they could add five-star receiver James Quick out of Louisville, Kentucky as well.
The 2013 class is expected to round out at about 25 signees.
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