LB Trey Johnson picks Auburn over FSU, Florida, Clemson and Tennessee (UPDATED)

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Auburn landed one of Georgia’s top college football prospects for 2013 on Monday, and they took advantage of some inside position to do it.

Central Gwinnett High School junior linebacker Trey Johnson committed to Auburn over Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Tennessee and South Carolina among his 24 early scholarship offers.

“Obviously being the national champion, Auburn has a great football program; Trey wanted to play for a winning program,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC.

Another advantage Auburn had was with the coach recruiting Johnson — Ted Roof, the Auburn defensive coordinator who played football at Central Gwinnett before later starring at Georgia Tech. “Trey and Coach Roof really have a great friendship. It was a different kind of bond than Trey had with the coaches at the other schools he visited. Trey really liked the friendships he had with the coaches and players over there at Auburn. He felt like it was a top-notch program.”

Auburn-bound LB Trey Johnson is considered one of Georgia's top 2 LB prospects for 2013, along with Alabama-bound Reuben Foster

Auburn-bound LB Trey Johnson is considered one of Georgia's top 2 LB prospects for 2013, along with Alabama-bound Reuben Foster

The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Johnson had racked up two dozen early offers, including Georgia Tech, before the start of his junior year of high school. One of the notable schools that had yet to offer was UGA. “Georgia said that they liked him a lot, and that they would probably offer down the line,” Wofford said. “I think Georgia wanted to see which linebacker position they wanted him for before doing anything ..  I don’t know.

“The thing about Trey is that he didn’t want to continue going through the recruiting process. He’s a no-nonsense kid, and he didn’t see a need to continue with it. He had a lot of great offers already. His mindset was to visit many of the schools that had already offered and to see where he felt most comfortable. He could’ve delayed everything and gone on a bunch of official visits as a senior. But that’s not how he and his dad wanted to do it, and you’ve got to respect them for that. They visited the schools that really wanted Trey, and they decided on the one that Trey and family liked the most.”

What type of linebacker is Auburn getting? “I think they are getting a true linebacker who is as intense of a player as I’ve coached. Trey is a real student of the game. He watches a lot of film. He is a great tackler. He can blow things up in the middle of the field, but also has the speed and quickness to be a sideline-to-sideline guy.”

Johnson and Troup County’s Reuben Foster are both considered among the state’s top two 2013 prospects at linebacker. Foster committed to Alabama over UGA last month

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    89 comments Add your comment

    ugakev

    August 15th, 2011
    5:52 pm

    ugakev

    August 15th, 2011
    5:55 pm

    Ain’t no biggie…haha congrats to the kid. I hope he has a good career. We are on our way to great things and as soon as the winning begins back this season there will be kids all over the place that will want to come to UGA. I just hope they will have the right mindset like our previous recruiting class seems to be showing now. GO DAWGS!!! GATA

    TDawg

    August 15th, 2011
    5:55 pm

    This reads like Dillon Lee, Holsey etc all over again. “We’re UGA, we know you’re a prospect from Georgia, and we’re waiting until you get 30+ offers before we even take a look at you.” Inexcusable and the #1 reason why the 2012 class is awful.

    Honolulu Dawg

    August 15th, 2011
    5:58 pm

    He will decommit once aubarn is stripped of its national championship… cheaters always lose in the end.

    Go Dawgs….

    Hmmmmmmm?

    August 15th, 2011
    6:00 pm

    Maybe if UGA would have offered a scholarship?

    Play for a winner...

    August 15th, 2011
    6:03 pm

    Great quote in the article. The kid wants to play fora winner. That explains the Georgia snub.

    Skydawg

    August 15th, 2011
    6:08 pm

    That’s great. He’ll be playing for nothing once the Barn gets their probation that’s coming. And it’s coming.

    nobody

    August 15th, 2011
    6:10 pm

    How come every time I see a commitment somewhere in the article it mentions the athlete not wanting to wait for UGA to offer.

    Gator on the prowl

    August 15th, 2011
    6:11 pm

    Very reliable sources say the unraveling of some recruiting violations is hitting the plains very very hard in the next few hours, and days. The reports are the players recruited over the past 3 years have talked and the investigators were prompted by more than a dozen coaches who have turned over evidence against Auburn. On top of that the Yahoo article is days away and from some reporters down here in the Miami area who have worked on it, the man and men behind the curtain are going to be exposed. Yellow Wood and Pat Dye are on the blocks.

    Augusta Wildcat

    August 15th, 2011
    6:16 pm

    Not sure what you have heard but the Carolina coaches have spoken at length about the players who have visited Auburn and have turned over their signees to speak with investigators. From the report that is circulating the East side of Georgia the number of violations committed by the staff at Auburn is staggering and unprecdented in nature. When Big East columnist are starting to take note of the Auburn recruiting practices beware….the Post, Times, Daily News,and Heralds are working with SI on their own story as we speak and the always to lie, never to yield folks will be in a tizzy.

    Honolulu Dawg

    August 15th, 2011
    6:18 pm

    Gator on the prowl, where can I find that article?

    Somebody has to say it.

    August 15th, 2011
    6:20 pm

    The truth of the matter is, without good coaching and discipline the players never excel for long periods of time. Everyone knows the ego of Malzahn is going to allow him to leave very very soon for his own gig. Then Trooper and Luper will be hauled away as their foundation is gone. I hope someone is taking notes on Malzahns offense. As he goes does Auburn go.

    JB

    August 15th, 2011
    6:21 pm

    Plenty of good LB’s our there. Great for Trey.Good luck down in the country.

    KB

    August 15th, 2011
    6:24 pm

    Tdawg, Recruiting end in Feb., dawgs are doing just fine. before making lame comments you should look at the depth chart and who UGA has already offered.

    Frank Lane

    August 15th, 2011
    6:25 pm

    I think UGA does not offer until they are sure and this guy was borderline. Derrick Henry and others are blue chip for sure.

    Macon Dawg

    August 15th, 2011
    6:26 pm

    @Frank Lane, the Camden County QB who has never started a High school game is a BLUE CHIP prospect? Give me a break. He hasn’t proven anything yet except he is good at intramural football and non-contact passing drills. I hope the young man proves me wrong this season but he ain’t proven nothing yet

    Gator on the prowl

    August 15th, 2011
    6:26 pm

    Media kickoff luncheon today with Miami journalist, and multiple major writers for SI, Football Digest, Miami herald, Florida Sun Times, ESPN writers and football bloggers. If you keep your eyes out this week on severa blogs we will see the articles, multiple writers were gearing up for the Sheridan deal this week on some talk show they were talking about. They said that Sheridan had the name of several people and that they want to verify some things and will advance the conversation once he speaks. I have no idea when he is going to speak but I will wait and see what Dan Levit….says this week on his sports show..he said to listen in because Yahoo sports has the same information that Sheridan has and it has been confirmed. One writer says that some indictments unsettled in Auburn were going to take place this week and the names were HUGE!
    We will all have to wait and see.

    Poopdawg

    August 15th, 2011
    6:30 pm

    Free education , congratulations Trey. Good luck!

    Jeff from Daleville

    August 15th, 2011
    6:31 pm

    I am not sure where these folks get their information, but I know I sat next to two attorneys in Shorter this morning for breakfast and they were talking like some folks at Auburn were going to take a fall. I listened intently for 20 minutes or so and it was pretty interesting with the names they were tossing about. Big Names and one coach. Ask how I know they were attorneys? One told the other one he had a case in court and had to get there to get his client out of jail.

    Tdawg

    August 15th, 2011
    6:34 pm

    Well this Tdawg thinks that Georgia is getting the players that they really want. There are a couple that they may have really wanted, but none where they can’t find another one just as good as the ones that so-called got away.

    Momma's Boy

    August 15th, 2011
    6:34 pm

    Listen, untiil someone is hauled off and the NCAA lowers the boom on us, I could care less what some reporter writes. Look at OSU, two months ago it was the end of the game for them, but they seem to be walking away practically free.

    Everyone cheats and get over it, we may do it, but until someone has prove..move along..to many folks( especially kids ) talk to much..our know to keep their mouths shut.

    Dewayne

    August 15th, 2011
    6:34 pm

    Hello people!!! He is a 2013 prospect which means there is a long time before he signs. You people get too crazy over this crap!!! He said he would attend Auburn,but he still has to sign. So relax people there are thousands of LB prospects out there in the country. We don’t have to get every kid for the state of Ga. We aren’t the only state that plays football so relax and take a Xanax.

    Pathetic

    August 15th, 2011
    6:37 pm

    Never fails! Anytime UGA doesn’t offer somebody a scholarship there’s always some jackleg that has to make a stupid comment on them being bad recruiters and such. Did you ever stop to think that maybe they simply didn’t want him?! Lots of recruits in UGA! We can’t recruit them all. We’re not Bama, we don’t do greyshirts and over signing.

    Tdawg

    August 15th, 2011
    6:39 pm

    Gator on the Prowl, uh oh. Looks like the NCAA is going to drop that Hurricane program to a mild Atlantic breeze. Dang is everybody in college cheating?

    Mean Machine

    August 15th, 2011
    6:39 pm

    This goes back to schools outside the state making offers to every kid with a star by his name. Then when they get commitments from too many, they either tell them to greyshirt, they recant the offer, or they get rid of “mistakes” on their current roster (medical hardship, encouraging transfer, etc) to make room for the new signees. Alabama, Auburn, and SC lead the way with those tactics. UGA is trying to evaluate players properly, and it’s frustrating when they don’t employ the “carpet bombing” tactics that these other schools do. If you look at recruiting this year, UGA is last in the SEC in actual offers. And Alabama, Auburn, SC, Vandy, and UF have over twice the number of offers made as UGA.

    TryingToMakeSense

    August 15th, 2011
    6:42 pm

    Breaking news….my unborn son has accepted an unusually early offer from callaway elementary

    Dawginit

    August 15th, 2011
    6:43 pm

    Good luck on the Plains kid.

    Lasso

    August 15th, 2011
    6:43 pm

    If a kid who’s been a junior in high school for exactly one week thinks it’s too late to receive an offer from a major college, I seriously don’t want him at mine. Not every kid is so special that he should be offered as a sophomore, and even those that are shouldn’t feel snubbed if they aren’t. You take a huge risk offering a kid that young, anyway, unless you have no problem pulling the offer once you realize he’s not all you thought he was. I have no idea whether Johnson is that special or not. But it’s obvious he thinks he is. I had 11 D1 or D2 scholarship offers in soccer. All of them came my senior year. I was told my sophomore year by most of them that they were looking hard at me and were considering offering. I couldn’t have been anymore flattered and never in my wildest dreams felt like I was owed an offer that early. I ended up accepting Georgia Southern’s offer but have remained a Dawg my whole life. I’d have waited until graduation for UGA to offer me if they had had a program and were considering me.

    TryingToMakeSense

    August 15th, 2011
    6:43 pm

    richt and grantham asked to see the film of his first steps

    “man that baby is explosive” grantham
    “lets see if we can get a package deal” richt

    dublindawg

    August 15th, 2011
    6:58 pm

    Most “experts” have always had Foster and Johnny O’Neal from West Laurens as the top two LB for 2013. Georgia needs O’Neal. EVERYONE has offered him, including the Dogs.

    slydog

    August 15th, 2011
    7:02 pm

    I think the bad reports are about The U mostly, but others may be included. As I have stated before, the class of 2013 has a LONG way to go before signing day. With his dad being so involved in the process, they had a plan and they executed it. Trust me, his dad will keep his options open if the kid stays unhurt.

    GTBob

    August 15th, 2011
    7:08 pm

    Trey wanted to play for a winning program

    That must be why UGA didn’t offer him.

    Mike

    August 15th, 2011
    7:12 pm

    Are we on week 30 something that the hammer is about to fall on Auburn?

    jsmooth

    August 15th, 2011
    7:16 pm

    GT Bob:

    Is this the pot calling the kettle black? How many times has “yech” gone down to UGA over the last 10 years. It is all about winning, right? Get used to it!!

    FRED

    August 15th, 2011
    7:37 pm

    HAVE A GREAT LIFE KID DON’T COME BACK TO ATLANTA LOOKING FOR A JOB IN 4 YEARS

    dboy05

    August 15th, 2011
    7:45 pm

    Auburn and Bama might as well move to the East since they will soon become the University of Georgia (AL) Half the team will be from the state of Georgia

    Brown Dog

    August 15th, 2011
    8:03 pm

    Wake this Alabama fan up when the hammer ACTUALLY falls on Auburn.

    Lakedawg

    August 15th, 2011
    8:06 pm

    Is anyone in Alabama concerned that Florida State is getting 4 of the 10 D1 olayers in that entire state??

    BG

    August 15th, 2011
    8:20 pm

    Energy Vampire in Need of a Life

    August 15th, 2011
    8:43 pm

    If Trey wants to play for a winning program why is he suiting up for Central Gwinnett?

    uga_alum_93

    August 15th, 2011
    8:58 pm

    May he be another Trey Blackman and go 0 and 3 vs. Georgia.

    Brown Dog

    August 15th, 2011
    9:15 pm

    LakeDawg: One of them may never play a down of college football. Still, Fisher and Craig doing a job-and-a-half in Tallahasee.

    trupert

    August 15th, 2011
    9:19 pm

    Danny sheradin predicts there’s a 98% chance that Trey Johnson de-commits five days after he names the bag man in the $can newton scandal.

    Come on Orabidone

    August 15th, 2011
    9:20 pm

    wow and Auburns recruiting class last year was ranked higher than the “Dream Team” saviors. U dawgs are hilarious, Crowell and another Ealey, but this kid is another Blackman? The least class but most delusional fan base in the country. I bet all the high character recruits quit on you after the 0-2 start!

    Worm

    August 15th, 2011
    9:21 pm

    NCAA will coming to a neighborhood near you!..Auburn wins 5 games this year.

    Come on Orabidone

    August 15th, 2011
    9:24 pm

    Trupert Sheridan has it at 99% uga’s 2013 recruits will decommit after the next Jan Kemp/Jim Harrick Jr scandal……, DA.

    J Lewis 31

    August 15th, 2011
    9:34 pm

    In other news Coach Dooley at UT lands both L. McNeil and
    K. Crawley – both 4 stars (CB and SS). These are superb
    additions coming to Knoxville from DC and Texas – just in
    the last 48 hours. Tennessee doing very well in recruiting.

    Ckgator

    August 15th, 2011
    9:46 pm

    Trey – keep your options open. Coach Roof is a good guy, but he can’t control a situation you will not want to be around at Auburn.

    Chuck UGA

    August 15th, 2011
    9:49 pm

    This commitment stuff for 2013 and beyond is laughable. The only players making commitments that matter are the ones committing for next February. Even those are not 100%. Players can have a down senior year and then forget about Auburn or Bama sticking to those offers….just watch. Saban and Chizik are of the same philosophy. Richt offers only when they know for sure they want a player. Patience is a virtue, but apparently there is a shortage of that with these kids. Oh yeah, let’s not kid ourselves…Auburn and Bama are not going to win national titles again anytime soon (especially Auburn).

    Chuck UGA

    August 15th, 2011
    9:51 pm

    J Lewis 31, young Dooley is a great guy, and wish him the best except when he faces UGA. However, he will be hurt when the NCAA finally drops the “Kiffin Hammer.”