Sunday, January 27, 2013
OSU pledge Johnson visits Tennessee
By Brad Bournival
The rumors were out there that Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) was visiting another school, and they were refuted earlier in the weekend. But on Sunday, they were confirmed. Johnson was in Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend. Should Buckeyes fans be worried about the pledge of the top-rated linebacker in their class?
Wilbur Johnson Jr., Trey's father, said Johnson's trip was more to just have a good time and talk shop with the Volunteers.
“The kid is 18 years old,” Wilbur said. “He and I have always been up front with each other. He wanted to go. He and the [Tennessee] linebackers coach have been friends -- maybe not friends, but through the recruiting process have known each other for a long time.
“He said he wanted to go up and hang out. Talk football and things of that nature. That’s what the trip was. It was football and basically, that’s what the trip was about.”
After decommitting from Auburn on Nov. 27, Johnson announced his pledge to Ohio State on Jan. 4 during the Under Armour All-America Game.
The ESPN 150 senior -- he’s ranked No. 48 overall and No. 2 in the nation at inside linebacker -- chose the Buckeyes over the Volunteers, Florida and Penn State.
As of Sunday night, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson is still committed to Ohio State.
“As far as I know, he’s still a Buckeye,” Wilbur said. “Everything is Ohio State.”
Johnson took his official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 23 and was on hand when the Buckeyes beat Michigan 26-21 at Ohio Stadium the next day.
Johnson recorded 140 tackles, three sacks, and one interception as a senior at Central Gwinnett. As a junior, he had 164 tackles -- 24˝ for loss -- and six sacks.