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Monday, January 28, 2013
Coach talks about Johnson's Vols visit

By Brad Bournival

Can Ohio State fans let their blood pressure return to normal?

The Buckeyes’ big ESPN 150 linebacker in the recruiting class of 2013 isn’t going anywhere.

In fact, Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) is as solid as they come with the scarlet and gray.

“Things are exactly where they were before when he committed to them,” said Johnson’s coach Todd Wofford. “He’s going to be a Buckeye on signing day.”

Ohio State assistant coaches Luke Fickell and Everett Withers are making a trip to the Peach State on Friday to go over some last-minute things with their 6-foot-1, 215-pound inside linebacker.

“Coach Fickell, Coach Withers and I think maybe another coach or two are coming up Friday just to hang out and talk to him. They want to touch base with him before signing day. They want to go over what he needs to do on Wednesday.”

As for Johnson’s trip to Tennessee, it was just a high school senior wanting to get away and enjoy a weekend away.

Now that the official visit to Knoxville, Tenn., is over, it’s back to life as usual for the No. 48 player in the nation.

“You had an 18-year-old kid that wanted to take a trip,” Wofford said. “He went up there and had a good time. He told me, 'I didn’t get a chance to make that many visits.'

“He only took one before that and it was Ohio State. He took an official visit. It’s one of those things where it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. He knows what his job is and what his future is. He had an opportunity to take a visit, so he took advantage of it. He’s done, but the wolves haven’t stopped trying.”

Johnson recorded 140 tackles, three sacks, and one interception as a senior. As a junior, he had 164 tackles -- 24 for loss -- and added six sacks.

After giving Auburn his decommitment on Nov. 27, Johnson announced his commitment to the Buckeyes Jan. 4 during the Under Armour All-America Game.