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.”
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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