David Johnson: South Carolina LB commit unsure about other visits

David Johnson, one of the state’s top linebackers, hasn’t decided if he will take official visits to any other schools other than South Carolina.

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

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

The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder from Lithonia High School committed to South Carolina last summer. He is still being recruited by other schools, including Auburn and Vanderbilt.

“I don’t know, I’m going to make a decision after the season is over,” Johnson told the AJC. “If I take a visit and I’m already committed, it feels like I’m doing something wrong, you know what I mean? But I don’t know. I’m going to talk to my coaches and [South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward] about it and see if it’s OK.”

Note: You can watch Johnson when Lithonia plays Grady at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a live webcast by clicking here

Johnson will be the third Lithonia prospect in three years to sign with South Carolina. Is there a pipeline between the DeKalb County school and the Gamecocks?

“I guess you could say that,” Johnson said. “I like that my teammates will be there, but my favorite defensive end in the NFL, John Abraham, went there, and they’ve got Jadeveon Clowney, too.”

Johnson has also had limited communication with UGA but nothing really ever matriculated. “[UGA recruiting coordinator] Rodney Garner came by the school. I don’t know why they aren’t recruiting me hard. I can’t go begging him. If they’re not going to recruit me, then that’s their loss. I will work hard for anybody I go to, like I will at South Carolina. If Georgia’s not trying to recruit me, then they are missing out on a great athlete, a hard worker and a great person.”

Johnson played through last season in lingering pain. He underwent minor knee surgery over the summer, and his coach says he’s at “about 90 percent.” Johnson says he feels better. “No, I’m at 100 percent. I feel great out there.”

What do colleges like about DJ? “His motor,” Lithonia coach Marcus Jelks said. “He has a great nose for the football, and he’s always around it. His motor is tremendous.”

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23 comments Add your comment

B_itter dummy recruit

September 20th, 2012
3:48 am

First troll—-bamma stinks

Bitter dummy recruit

September 20th, 2012
3:50 am

Nice hair–Blahahahahah

Paddy

September 20th, 2012
6:19 am

David, take your visits. This is not a topic of ‘national security’. Have some fun and enjoy the college experience.

Neutral

September 20th, 2012
7:42 am

I was impressed that he has a conscience regarding the visits, but concerned about his big ego. He should not feel guilt because his coach at SC will probably not commit to him to coach for 5 more years. According to friends inside at SC……Spurrier will retire in 2 years.

Neutral

September 20th, 2012
7:48 am

Riight on JB…….the idiots will say, “UGa let another great one get away”!!!!! The folks who say that simply don’t have a clue. A good example are all the Clemson recruits from Ga. We didn’t make offers to the majority of them because we had bigger and better prospects. Yes, they got the big fish from Ga, but he is turning into a big headache with lots of drama……may even switch at the last minute to Ole Miss, Bama, etc.

sportzfan

September 20th, 2012
7:55 am

@Neutral….I have friends on inside at USC also, and Spurrier has never hinted at how long he will stay at Carolina, other than to say as long as he feels now he’ll keep coaching.
Why do you think this kid has a big ego just because he respects his commitment.

Neutral

September 20th, 2012
8:11 am

@sportsman
- retirement totally from coaching in 2 years….and you are correct that he has never made a specific time commitment.
- read the last few paragraphs where he says, “?….UGa is missing out on a great athlete, etc.”

Also, According to Rivals, UGa has commitments from the #5, #6, # 19 and #33 inside LBs (#2-4star and #2-3star). UGa is also in the running for a 5-star OLB and has another 3-star OLB committed. Sounds like UGa is doing OK at LB as is SC.

Neutral

September 20th, 2012
8:15 am

I forgot to mention above, David is the #29 OLB according to Rivals. Hey folks, I’m sure he is a great kid and could be a future Jarvis Jones, but we can’t sign every LB in Ga. I wish Him the best.

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 20th, 2012
10:21 am

UGA currently has about 3 to 5 slots left and LB slots are taken. OL, WR, RB and DT are the remaining priorities. Tunsil, Crowder at OL , Griffin, Adams, Johnson at DT, North at WR, and Kamara, Bryant at RB….. these are the priorities.

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RutDramz

September 20th, 2012
12:13 pm

If those are his choices I wouldn’t rock the boat. Sources saying, Spurrier retiring , thats just dumb talk. Kings don’t quit being kings till they get overthrown. He’ll be 80 or they’ll have one of those “Coaches in waiting trolls” that stabs him in the back. Carolina appears to be on the verge of becoming dominant. Somehow all these schedules look easier and easier for all the teams. He needs to go to Carolina I guess if Georgia doesn’t want him. This late in the game if I was him I’m not sure I would go to Georgia anyway.

other schools will have to scour for our crumbs

September 20th, 2012
12:25 pm

Sounds like he wants UGA, but UGA is down to picking a few specific players to complete their class. Nothing personal, just the facts.
And it is a large, stud recruiting class. Already filling about a third of 2014 class also.

King Cotton

September 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

He needs to visit the gosh darn barber before he goes anywhere with that buckwheat cut…

USC True To Thee

September 20th, 2012
2:11 pm

Johnson, we would love to have you on the field at W-B. Look forward to having you as part of the Gamecock Nation!

BiggDawgK

September 20th, 2012
3:46 pm

The kid says he doesn’t feel right visitng other schools but then he is obviously upset that Georgia hasn’t offered. “I wouldn’t visit if they offered but why won’t they offer? boo hoo hoo”

Modesty champion

September 20th, 2012
4:13 pm

“I’m a great athlete, hard worker and a great person.” I’m also working on that humility thing but it is a work in process.
I’m sure he is a good kid but perhaps five minutes in “nobody is perfect” class might be a good idea. Which reminds me, I’m late for that class myself …….

Neutral

September 20th, 2012
5:23 pm

@rutdramz @12:13
Kinda like Paterno, Bowdon, etc.?!?!?

OkieDawg

September 20th, 2012
6:13 pm

Gotta love this kids attitude. Wherever he lands, someone is going to get a player.

Mountain Dawg

September 20th, 2012
6:17 pm

He is a Great One, no doubt. If you don’t believe it, ask him.

Tampa Gator

September 20th, 2012
6:56 pm

Florida got a really good offensive lineman today when Tyler Moore, the transfer from Nebraska, announced he is going to be a Gator. OL for the Gators looking very, very good this year and for years to come.

Dawg-Gawn

September 20th, 2012
9:27 pm

DB Brendan Langley USCe commit attended the FAU game this past weekend with his buddy and fellow Kell teammate S Quincy Mauger who has committed to UGA. Langley had a very good visit with the UGA coaches! The UGA coach that impressed Langley the most…. get this…. Mark Fox!

It seems Langley plays point guard in basketball and really is not ready to give it up. Mark Richt sent Langley up to visit with Fox and a agreement was made that if Langley is red-shirted his freshman year in football, he would be able to play as a freshman with the basket ball team.

A chance to play football with Mauger his best friend, coupled with the availability also to keep playing a sport he loves, in basketball has Langley seriously thinking again about UGA!

Langley was blown away by the promise from Mark Richt, that UGA has two scholly’s that he is holding, one is for Alvin Kamara and the other is for Langley, then UGA’s 2013 class will be finished.

Langley is going to flip!

UGA is still in it for WR Kyrin Priester… not sure what’s up with North, but UGA is pushing hard for Priester.

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RutDramz

September 21st, 2012
12:09 am

Yep Neutral@ 5:23, that’s right! They can’t help it. Abdication just isn’t in their vocabulary. And now’s he’s gone to a place that couldn’t even grow grass and done what he’s done up there. I guess you heard he was a bit vain to start with. Can you imagine how he’s going to be now? And really he still isn’t getting too many top athletes. Players like this help cause they feel passed over and evidently are pretty good. That’s how he’s done it up there. It ain’t like it was at Florida.

FRED

September 25th, 2012
10:08 am

How many of you remember the good old days when UGA grabed all the good players out of South Carolina?