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.”
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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