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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Johnson meets with new position coach

By Radi Nabulsi

At Mississippi State, Chris Wilson had been the Bulldogs' co-defensive coordinator. Last week he left that post to become Georgia's defensive line coach. Amid the transition, Wilson has remained the primary recruiter of the nation's No. 2 junior college defensive tackle, first for the Bulldogs of the SEC West, and now for the Bulldogs of the SEC East.

Toby Johnson (College Park, Ga./Hutchinson CC), the fourth overall juco prospect in the country, met with Wilson on Monday morning, and it was the first meeting between the two with Wilson representing Georgia and not Mississippi State.

So far so good.

"Georgia is still my leader -- that hasn't changed," Johnson said. “Our meeting went well. We talked about finishing good in school and rehabbing well so I can be ready for when the season starts.”

Wilson met with Johnson for two to three hours and Johnson said he was relieved that the Bulldogs’ new coach was a person he already knew.

“I liked Coach Wilson when he was at Mississippi State," Johnson said. “I think he can make me better each and every day. He can make me versatile and help me get to the next level.”

Johnson has offers from close to 30 schools but admits that some cooled on him after he suffered an ACL tear in November. It appears he cooled on them as well.

"I don't really have a No. 2 school," Johnson said. “I just have Georgia as my leader."

Johnson still plans to visit Auburn before making his decision.

“I am going to decide on signing day," Johnson said. “I am still trying to decide if I want to go home or stay in Kansas. A lot of people are trying to get me to announce on TV.”

Despite the November injury, Johnson fully expects to play next fall.

“My knee is doing real well," he said. “I am walking real well. I am still in my brace but I get it off in two months.”