One of the nation’s top inside linebackers will visit UGA for Dawg Night.
And we’re not talking about Reuben Foster.
Trey Johnson, who has been committed to Auburn since last summer, will attend the UGA prospect camp on July 13 with a couple of his teammates from Central Gwinnett High School.
“It’s just to give Georgia a look,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford said. “They want him to come over, and Trey wants to get a feel for how they are as coaches and see what they have to say.
“Trey is just making sure he is covering all his bases, just in case something comes up. He saw how the Ted Roof thing worked last year, the business side of college football. Trey is just trying to take care of his side.”
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Johnson committed to Auburn over FSU, Florida, Clemson and Tennessee in part because of the presence of Roof, who was Auburn’s defensive coordinator at the time but left for UCF and is now at Penn State. Roof had a special connection to Central Gwinnett because he played high school football there.
What’s really interesting is that UGA has yet to offer a football scholarship to Johnson, who is ranked as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the nation by 247sports.com.
Why not? “[UGA linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti] didn’t get a chance to evaluate him back at the time he committed,” Wofford said. “He had just gotten hired. He wants a chance to meet Trey, which he hasn’t had the chance yet. Trey is going to give him that chance. He wants to meet [Olivadotti].”
Will UGA offer Johnson at Dawg Night? “I don’t think they would want him to come by there if not … but then again, I’ve seen crazier things. Trey has absolutely nothing to lose by going over there. Worst case, he goes to support a couple of his [Central Gwinnett] teammates at camp.”
This will be interesting. Johnson says because he grew up in Georgia, UGA was actually his original favorite school – ahead of Auburn. But he didn’t get an early offer from the Bulldogs and fell in love with Auburn.
What if UGA offers now? “I don’t know if it would make a difference,” Johnson said. “We’ve just got to wait and see … I would have to think hard about it if Georgia offered.”
While Johnson says he is “100-percent” committed to Auburn, he plans to take all five official visits as a senior. He intends to take recruiting trips to Penn State (where Roof is now coaching), Notre Dame, USC, Miami, and Auburn.
“I’m 100 percent with Auburn,” Johnson said. “They already know I’m going to see what’s out there, to make sure my commitment is 100 percent and Auburn is where I want to be. The Auburn fans are understanding. They always back you 100 percent and none of them say anything negative about [visiting other schools].”
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