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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Juco DL Johnson waits, looks

By Radi Nabulsi and Kipp Adams

Junior college defensive tackle prospect Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson Community College) still has Georgia -- and three other schools -- on his mind despite not signing Wednesday.

Johnson said he's been talking with UGA coaches throughout the recruiting season and was sent letter-of-intent papers today. But his plan includes a final visit to Mississippi State before announcing later this month at his school, he said.

Johnson recently visited Auburn.

"With the coaching staff they've brought in, I think they're really going to turn it around there," Johnson said. He added that his choice would come down to Georgia, Auburn, MSU and Oklahoma.

Johnson told DawgNation last week before his visit to Auburn that Georgia remained his leader.

Do the Bulldogs have a spot for him? Possibly.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who cannot discuss unsigned prospects specifically, indicated Wednesday that Georgia might not be done.

“We’re going to continue to work and I think anytime you have availability, you always see what happens and kind of go from there,” Grantham said.

After missing on four signing day targets -- Alvin Kamara, Montravius Adams, Reuben Foster and Laremy Tunsil -- the Bulldogs likely have a spot open.

“I think it’s going to come down to a discussion between Chris [Wilson, new defensive line coach] and myself and how we want to move forward with that, because if you take one now, then it’s going to count for next year, too,” Grantham said. “So I think that’s yet to be determined. We’ll just have to see how it plays out over the next little bit and do what’s best for us.”
Adams, the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle, chose Auburn early Wednesday morning. That and the indication of Wilson having a say in the possibility of using a scholarship soon could indicate a renewed interest in Johnson.