Steve Spurrier picks up another Georgia recruit — LB David Johnson

Steve Spurrer has been on a hot streak in Georgia (AP)

Steve Spurrer has been on a hot streak in Georgia (AP)

Perhaps no out-of-state school recruited Georgia this past season as well as South Carolina.

Steve Spurrier signed 12 football recruits from Georgia this past February.

David Johnson, one of Atlanta’s top linebackers, became South Carolina’s third commitment for 2013 on Thursday, picking the Gamecocks over Auburn and Ole Miss, among others.

“South Carolina has done a really good job of recruiting me, I felt home there, and I fit well in the defensive scheme,” Johnson told the AJC.

“I’ve got friends that go there. I’m a fan of South Carolina because of John Abraham. I want to go to a school that wins and can go to BCS games … so I committed to South Carolina.”

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Johnson will be the third Lithonia High School football star to sign with South Carolina in the last three years, following in the footsteps of OL Joe Harris and LB Cedrick Cooper. “We’re real close … we’re not brothers, but we tell everyone that we are,” Johnson said.

Johnson, who will be a hybrid position of defensive end and linebacker at South Carolina, has been thinking about committing to South Carolina for awhile. “I’ve been going back and forth about ‘Should I commit? Should I do it?’ They were my first offer, I like it there, and my friends are there. I just felt like it was the right time to go ahead and do it.”

LB David Johnson is part of Lithonia-to-South Carolina pipeline (AJC)

LB David Johnson is part of Lithonia-to-South Carolina pipeline (AJC)

However, Johnson said while he is 100-percent committed to South Carolina, he will still visit other schools. He wants to check out Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Auburn and UGA, among others.

“I was trying to wait to see if Alabama was going to offer,” Johnson said. “They have not offered but their coaches said they are still going to recruit me. It’s the same thing with Georgia. If they had offered me, then they would be right up there with the rest of them.

What if Alabama or UGA offers in the future? “I might change my mind, I might not. If I do de-commit, then I’m not going to commit again until signing day.”

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152 comments Add your comment

Chi Town

May 10th, 2012
2:11 pm

Spurrier owns St Richt.

Oh, yeah……1st!

NewWorldOrder

May 10th, 2012
2:14 pm

Saban owns Spurrier and Richt…..ha…ha….RTR!!!

George Stein

May 10th, 2012
2:16 pm

“I might change my mind, I might not. If I do de-commit, then I’m not going to commit again until signing day.”

I give up on recruiting.

USCGAMECOCKBOY

May 10th, 2012
2:19 pm

thanks ga.we take 2 and 3 stars out of ga and turn them into 4 and 5stars and future nfl talent. got a sleeper at te last year from ga. he started at te last year is a true fr and had 3tds.

GOOO USC FIGHTING GAMECOCKS!!!

drunk dawg

May 10th, 2012
2:20 pm

Ha…real solid bud

Sammy G

May 10th, 2012
2:21 pm

“I want to go to a school that wins and can go to BCS games … so I committed to South Carolina.”

BWWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAAA

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:23 pm

If he wanted to play in a BCS game he shouldn’t have gone to South Carolina.

P_The_Ricker

May 10th, 2012
2:24 pm

Chi Town

help me figure out how spurrier owns richt? he’s 4-4 lifetime against him. 1-0 @ UF and 3-4 @ SC

yeah, you’re 1st….a 1st class moron!

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:24 pm

Only one team played in a BSC game last year from the state of South Carolina and it wasn’t the Gamecocks

P_The_Ricker

May 10th, 2012
2:29 pm

South Carolina Gamecocks = Rodney Dangerfield

blueforever

May 10th, 2012
2:32 pm

In other words, this ain’t exactly how he drew it up, but he’ll take it. Cocks become the consolation prize yet again.

BPMM

May 10th, 2012
2:36 pm

Yes but that other school from S.C. never showed up. 70-33!!!

JD

May 10th, 2012
2:39 pm

Another one who doesn’t understand the word “commitment”. Watching this process where morons commit and then don’t is a game to these immature kids.

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:39 pm

Not a Clemson fan but at least they got there.

AltamahaDawg

May 10th, 2012
2:39 pm

Ms. Johnson, you don’t worry about me. I promise to be around a while still, at least 3 “dismissed from team starts”.

Nothing Could Be Finer

May 10th, 2012
2:41 pm

BOOM!

Next Melvin Ingram here, folks.

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:43 pm

Sounds like he settled on SC because Bama and UGA have not offered and may won’t. Sounds like the kid really wants to go to one of those two..

G-Dawg

May 10th, 2012
2:44 pm

Boom or Bust!!

Nothing Could Be Finer

May 10th, 2012
2:45 pm

kerryb, you don’t settle in May…

spider

May 10th, 2012
2:45 pm

so it looks like SDSU still could get in on this kid. my as well go to a school where weather is perfect for every practice and every game.

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:47 pm

Looks like he did. His comments sound like he really wants to go to Bama or UGA with SC as his 3rd choice. If your top two look like they are not going to offer then you settle for the third that you hold an offer from.

Jimmy Crack

May 10th, 2012
2:47 pm

Congratulations, O.B. Ballcoachie, on snagging the 64th ranked OLB in the country. Meh.

Blue

May 10th, 2012
2:50 pm

Kerryb; dude, you can’t even spell BCS (BSC???), and THEN you want to give props to a team that went out and gave up 70? Priceless…

Nothing Could Be Finer

May 10th, 2012
2:52 pm

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:47 pm
Looks like he did. His comments sound like he really wants to go to Bama or UGA with SC as his 3rd choice. If your top two look like they are not going to offer then you settle for the third that you hold an offer from.

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Its more like Carolina’s class is filling up quick and doesn’t want to get left behind.

USC2003

May 10th, 2012
2:53 pm

Easy to make it when you get an automatic bid… kinda like its easier to make the SECCG when you have a cupcake schedule.

rduck

May 10th, 2012
2:56 pm

I might change my mind, I might not. If I do de-commit, then I’m not going to commit again until signing day.”

Talk about wishy washy… Geez. Spurrier has got to love that level of commitment.

Pilfer Dawg

May 10th, 2012
2:56 pm

Nothing Could Be Finer- You did read the story before commenting right? Clearly USC was NOT his first choice.

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:57 pm

Why are we wasting out time on this article and why are we wasting our time talking about an unranked LB? Check Rivals. They don’t even think enough of him to rank him.

Pilfer Dawg

May 10th, 2012
2:57 pm

This commitment really isn’t much of a commitment at all.

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:58 pm

Blue
May 10th, 2012
2:50 pm

Kerryb; dude, you can’t even spell BCS (BSC???), and THEN you want to give props to a team that went out and gave up 70? Priceless…

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Typing too fast ding dong. Ever done that are do you hunt and peck like a caveman?

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
2:59 pm

Typing too fast ding dong. Ever done that or do you hunt and peck like a caveman?

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See I done it again

Nothing Could Be Finer

May 10th, 2012
3:00 pm

Haha, Pilfer.

He said he’s 100 percent committed to USC.

Your team missed out.

See you in the Fall…

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
3:02 pm

Nothing Could Be Finer
May 10th, 2012
3:00 pm

Haha, Pilfer.

He said he’s 100 percent committed to USC.

Your team missed out.

See you in the Fall…

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Yea, missed out on a nothing unranked LB. Man I feel bad.

rduck

May 10th, 2012
3:03 pm

This may not even be considered a “verbal commitment” since he stated that he may change his mind at anytime…

kerryb

May 10th, 2012
3:04 pm

Too bad SC didn’t get the best WR in South Carolina this year. Oh yea, like the one you didn’t get back in 2008 too.

OK

May 10th, 2012
3:09 pm

No offers from Florida, Georgia, Bama, or UT. He does hold an Auburn offer though. Yawn

SEC

May 10th, 2012
3:13 pm

According to 247.com… 10 of the top 20 classes in the country are held by SEC schools. Looks like the SEC will continue to dominate in years to come.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 10th, 2012
3:19 pm

The fact he’s not ranked YET isn’t a big deal, He should have just stated he was committed to USCe and left it at that. I know these kids have to lockup a scholly early so they don’t miss the boat just incase the school(s) they really like don’t have a spot but still show a little class with the school that has given you the free ride. Heck I remember the days of Mike Shula and when we got a talented guy like this then we had a parade. I recall the day we signed a one legged blind kicker and that was a hoot for us on the strip. He got run over the next day going to practice. Roll Tide

Ghost

May 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

Since South Carolina has never played in a BCS game did he think he was signing with the real USC?

I want a real education.....

May 10th, 2012
3:40 pm

I wanted a real education with real hope after college for a job/career. Didn’t go to UGA where I was accepted!!!!!

A person SMART enough to know......

May 10th, 2012
3:50 pm

George Stein
May 10th, 2012
2:16 pm

“I might change my mind, I might not. If I do de-commit, then I’m not going to commit again until signing day.”

I give up on recruiting.

George it took you this LONG? LOL

I chat about it but I don’t care that much until the KID gets on campus, takes/passes classes and plays.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 10th, 2012
3:57 pm

Ghost….when UGa recruits say that are going to win Championships do they think they are really Girls Equestrians or Gymnasts?

Flying Tigers

May 10th, 2012
3:58 pm

This is a prime example of why most of these kids should not even be allowed in college. It is a complete farce, but these “universities”, and I use the term loosley are more concerned with winning football games than they are educating kids that truly deserve the chance at going to school. The football factories have sold their souls for the money, just like corporate America, so why not just become a minor league system and do away with “college” teams. What a effing joke most of these kids are…my apologies to the 3 or 4 kids that actually go to college to get a degree while they play football

Rowdey_Red_Pachyderm

May 10th, 2012
4:01 pm

Lol @ the ‘dawgs barking at big bad ‘Bama and lketting the fox watch the hen house as the “ole ball coach sneaks out yet another monster recruit.

USCe looks to make it what three in a row now, over the ’silver britches of Clarke county.

GSUStud

May 10th, 2012
4:10 pm

BCS and South Carolina should never be mentioned in the same sentence. That made me laugh. When you think of sports or football, you do NOT think of South Carolina. I imagine most of the former South Carolina University don’t even tell anyone they played there.

BLT

May 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

When does he perform the “hat trick”?

GSUStud

May 10th, 2012
4:12 pm

Not even ranked. Even the trade school on north avenue didn’t want him.

harold

May 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

THE OLE BALL COACH IS HARD TO TURN DOWN TO. HE IS A GREAT COACH AND IS TURNING SOUTH CAROLINA INTO THE BEST PROGRAM THEY EVER HAD. SPURRIER IS A STUD. SOUTH CAROLINA IS A FUN SCHOOL.

HOWEVER THE COACH JUST KILLING UGA IS SABAN!

Alphare

May 10th, 2012
4:20 pm

USC’s talent level has passed UGA in the past couple of years. Just look up their NFL draftees.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 10th, 2012
4:27 pm

Alphare………..COUPLE…….do you not UNDERSTAND ENGLISH? COUPLE can you define the WORD? How would guys recruited the past COUPLE of years get DRAFTED in the NFL?