Auburn is safe with 4-star commit “as long as there’s not a catastrophe”

Trey Johnson, the 4-star linebacker who is committed to Auburn, will likely decide after this weekend if he will take his fifth and final official visit to Florida.

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Johnson, who is considered by many to be the state’s best senior linebacker after Reuben Foster transferred last spring, will go through the entire recruiting process and all of his visits — despite being committed to Auburn for 15 months.

“He just wants to make sure about everything; this is the only time he gets to control anything,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “He knows college football is a business from his relationship with (Ted Roof, who resigned as Auburn’s defensive coordinator last December).

“After seeing other coaches take other jobs or get fired, this is a chance for Trey to double-check everything and make sure. It’s a chance for Trey and his family to make sure everything is where it needs to be and where he wants to be.”

What about Auburn fans worried about Johnson visiting other schools? “As long as there is not a catastrophe there, everything should be all right,” Wofford said. Auburn is off to a 1-5 start this year.

UGA will get the chance at Dawg Night to court longtime Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson of Central Gwinnett HS (247sports.com)

LB Trey Johnson's coach: “As long as there is not a catastrophe there, everything should be all right" with Auburn (247sports.com)

What about the other trips? Trey will take an official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 24 and go to USC on Jan. 18.  He will go to Auburn at some point. The fourth trip will be to Penn State due to his longtime friendship with Roof, who also played football at Central Gwinnett.

“He’s going to go ahead and go up to Penn State and stick to his word because of Ted Roof, who gave him his first scholarship offer back when he was at Auburn during Trey’s sophomore season,” Wofford said.

What about No. 5? It will be either Florida or Florida State. Johnson will likely know after he makes an unofficial visit to Florida this weekend for the showdown with South Carolina.

“For the most part, all the schools that Trey is interested in have a really strong linebacker tradition and have produced big-time linebackers,” Wofford said. “Ohio State has a big tradition of linebackers, USC has turned out a lot of All-Pros, and Auburn has had good linebackers out of there,” Wofford said.

“Anybody that Trey has looked at and still will visit will be a power school for linebackers.”

Johnson flirted with UGA briefly by attending this past summer’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp. But there hasn’t any communication since. “As far as Trey goes, that door is closed.”

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71 comments Add your comment

sgmjohndavis

October 15th, 2012
12:22 pm

Hmm, Penn State, Auburn, Ohio State? Okay, understand you don’t want UGA, but with the talent, why those three are on your short list is beyond me. GO DAWGS

Frank Lane

October 15th, 2012
12:33 pm

What is going on with closed doors in Athens?

7576DAWG

October 15th, 2012
12:49 pm

Johnson apparently is not a good fit for Georgia or they would be all over him with Auburn doing about as bad as a SEC school can do. My guess is he listened and believed all the BS that Auburn coaches where saying about Georgia and Georgia isn’t going to kiss any recruits butt. So Georgia doesn’t want him any more than he want’s Georgia. It will take 3 to 5 years for Auburn to get a good Head coach and his staff in place and Johnson knows it. He will never end up at Auburn unless someone is handing out a lot of cash. He will never end up at Penn State because they are worst off than Auburn, he might as well stay with Auburn if his next best offer is Penn State.
My guess is he will end up at Ohio State , Florida State or Florida.

DP

October 15th, 2012
1:28 pm

If 1-5 overall and winless in the SEC, bottom 10 nationally in offense and horrendous on defense, the head coach on the hot seat and numerous arrests, suspensions and departures at Auburn doesn’t qualify as a catastrophe, what would?

Burdell

October 15th, 2012
1:38 pm

Exactly DP…doesn’t that qualify as a “catastrophe”?

Frank Lane

October 15th, 2012
1:39 pm

Auburn is a catastrophe.

OkieDawg

October 15th, 2012
1:41 pm

I guess a dumpster fire is not considered a catastrophe.

Eddie Merckx

October 15th, 2012
1:45 pm

If Chizik gets fired I wonder how Ruben Foster will feel about that big Auburn tattoo.

UGA Insider

October 15th, 2012
1:57 pm

The Petrino ink is all but dried at Auburn.

Tennessee-I have no idea now that Petrino is off table. Could run at Chris Peterson.

Arkansas-Charlie Strong or Brent Pease

Kentucky- Brent Pease/ Kirby Smart

UGA- Kirby Smart, Derek Dooley, Chris Peterson

JRW7

October 15th, 2012
2:02 pm

Why would any high school 4 or 5 star player ever consider committing to Auburn is beyond consideration??? It doesn’t make any sense!!

JRW7

October 15th, 2012
2:04 pm

As bad as TN is, CDD might just be an improvement at UGA!

FinanceBuzz

October 15th, 2012
2:11 pm

As a Central Gwinnett and Georgia Tech alum – like Ted Roof – I would love to see Trey join his Central teammate Francis Kallon on the Flats, but I am just thankful a Black Knight won’t wind up a Mutt.

DAWGFAN

October 15th, 2012
2:13 pm

You should have asked what Trey’s definition of the word catastrophy is as it relates to a football season.

Is it Auburn going 2-10 or 3-9?
Is a 1-7 SEC record a catastrophy ?

Auburn has 3 SEC games left. If they can’t even beat Vandy this Saturday they will go 0 – 8 in conference play. There is no doubt Auburn will be blown out by both UGA and Bama.

Auburn also has one of the lousiest educations in the SEC minus the Mississippi schools of course.

Not many reason to go to Auburn and play under Gene Chizik without Cam Newton.

What is Chezik’s record since Newton left ? 9 – 12 over the last 2 years. He has also lost his last 7 conference games.

don treply

October 15th, 2012
2:18 pm

@UGA Insider “The Petrino ink is all but dried at Auburn.”

Petrino will do no better…Look at all of that talent he left in Ark….

don treply

October 15th, 2012
2:21 pm

@UGA Insider

You should thank the AJC for allowing idiots to post.

Beast from the East

October 15th, 2012
2:31 pm

“As long as there is not a catastrophe there, everything should be all right,”

Must not have seen them play this year. Look up “catastrophe” in the dictionary and there’s a picture of the 2012 Auburn Tigers.

Saldiven

October 15th, 2012
2:50 pm

I wonder if he’d consider Auburn going 4-8 to be a “catastrophe.”

doug dawg

October 15th, 2012
2:53 pm

dawg fans and alumni; would you like this guy on your team? ugh. awful. another early loss to drugs, crime, whatever? you really want him? just another isaiah crowell. selfish, self-centered brat.

Saldiven

October 15th, 2012
2:53 pm

@Dawgfan: To expound upon your post, Gene Chizik’s record in games where Cam Newton didn’t start at quarterback is 22-34. Even counting the perfect season with Cam, Chizik’s career record as a head coach is only 36-34. After this season, his career record for all games will again be under .500.

Gordon

October 15th, 2012
3:05 pm

Any UGA poster on this board would take 8-5, 14-0, 8-5, 2-10 over what they have done the last 4 years in a heartbeat.

22 SEC Titles

October 15th, 2012
3:18 pm

This kid needs some coaching lol….. Ted Roof lol.

Dawggonnitwelost

October 15th, 2012
3:23 pm

Maybe he is just tired of Gawga losing the big games and never signing the big names.

Dawggonnitwelost

October 15th, 2012
3:24 pm

UGA would trade all of Richt’s ten win seasons for just ONE season like auburn had in 2010.

Dawggonnitwelost

October 15th, 2012
3:24 pm

UGA would trade all of Richt’s ten win seasons for just ONE season like auburn had in 2010.

AuburnGA

October 15th, 2012
3:27 pm

Auburn has not hired Petrino. Auburn will not hire Petrino. Let it go people.

DownInAlbany

October 15th, 2012
3:41 pm

Gordon

October 15th, 2012
3:05 pm

Any UGA poster on this board would take 8-5, 14-0, 8-5, 2-10 over what they have done the last 4 years in a heartbeat.

Gordy, what are you doing on the UGA website?

DownInAlbany

October 15th, 2012
3:48 pm

UGA would trade all of Richt’s ten win seasons for just ONE season like auburn had in 2010.

NOT! I’ll take 12-2, hell, 8-5 over a bought and paid for NC. AU found lightening in a bottle then returned to the doormat position.

atlien

October 15th, 2012
3:53 pm

Auburn signs this kid and jim tressel

The Antiricht

October 15th, 2012
3:53 pm

I am actually scared that Georgia will go after Petrino. If they do, in that day this scripture will be fulfilled. Isaiah 5:20 . For Auburn, not so much.

Destin Dawg

October 15th, 2012
4:05 pm

not Auburn… we’ll be fine… one game at a time… win out… Go Dawgs !!!!

7576DAWG

October 15th, 2012
4:12 pm

Johnson said as long as there wasn’t a catastrophe that he was still Auburn. Lets do a summary: Auburn beat LA.-Monroe in overtime and they will probably beat New Mexico State and they will beat Alabama A&M. That means they will go 3-9 with the only wins against the above list. How much more of a catastrophe could there be. New coaches and new staff means at least 3 year of disruption just like they are having at Tennessee right now and if that is the wrong fit then you have more changes. It could take 5 or 6 years for Auburn to be relevant again.

7576DAWG

October 15th, 2012
4:18 pm

For those of you who are complaining about Georgia , who will probably go 10-2 or 11-1 this year you need to get a life . We could be Georgia Tech, Auburn, Arkansas , or Kentucky right now. It takes years to adjust to a new Head Coach and a new staff most of the time.

Dawg Run

October 15th, 2012
4:19 pm

So here is another player who will go out of state and play his best game against UGA every year because of a chip….

7576DAWG

October 15th, 2012
4:20 pm

I didn’t include Tennessee because if the fan base is patient I think Dooley will be okay at Tennessee. Remember he didn’t have much when he got there.

22 SEC Titles

October 15th, 2012
4:21 pm

How does a 1-7 or 0-8 SEC record sound in 2012?

G-Dawg

October 15th, 2012
4:33 pm

5 Million payout on Dooley…highly doubt he goes anywhere until after next year.

CC

October 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

Their season is a total catastrophe. What does he consider a catastrophe?

Its Petrino to auburn!

October 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

They have no morals look at their program over the last 50 years. They are the only fans in the country that claim Cam wasnt bought and paid for. Petrino will be there within a year of his firing at Arkansas.

AU Insider

October 15th, 2012
5:07 pm

You know you have a problem when the players starting telling the recruits not to come there. That is what is happening at Auburn. They have one of the worst Offenses AND defenses in the country and it is not getting any better. AL A&M is 6 – 1, Auburn has a good chance of losing that game also.
As far as GA, they let so many quality players from GA leave. Look at the rosters of AL, Auburn, Clemson, SC, TN, they are full of GA players. There is enough football talent in GA to win a championship but UGA lets it slide right out of here.

pb

October 15th, 2012
6:18 pm

The catastrophe is that Chizik is still employed there. Without Cam Newton, we would probably have said bye to him a long time ago. And after this year we probably will !

KR

October 15th, 2012
6:26 pm

As an Auburn fan and graduate, I have to wonder exactly what he thinks qualifies as a catastrophe…

@Its Petrino to auburn!: after a thorough investigation, the NCAA concluded there was no wrongdoing and at the end of the day, their opinion is the only one that counts.

As long as Jay Jacobs remains AD at Auburn, there is very little chance of Petrino getting hired. Of course, I happen to believe that Jacobs is part of the problem, so who knows what happens if he gets replaced.

If UGA does finish 11-2

October 15th, 2012
6:39 pm

IF UGA does make the SECCG, loses but goes on to a Sugar Bowl and wins, it easily, easily COULD end up in the top 4 or 5. As for UGA fortunes, that is as good as it will EVER get with the current staff. Next year will be horrific. Terrible will be 2013.

Go Dogs.

@KR

October 15th, 2012
8:16 pm

It stated that “at this time”( see Reggie Bush) that it could find no evidence that Cam Newton was paid. It never said Auburn did nothing wrong. It’s a FACT that Cam’s dad asked for money from MSU but he ended up at au.

Bitter spoiled recruit

October 15th, 2012
8:47 pm

Tur_ds——take note——THE BARN—is BURNING down

———–This punk A$$ can go to USC or were ever and come home a crawling

——–just like jarvis jones——–go on

Special K

October 15th, 2012
9:08 pm

Hey Reuben!! It’s a simple routine involving lasers. Get that tat off!

Dumpster fire

October 15th, 2012
10:06 pm

35-7
21-0 at the half
41-30
31-0 at the half
dumpster fire,
been off the kool aid for two weeks now. i suggest you do the same…..
We need a leader…..2012=2008
Any questions?

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life/J.Jones for Heisman))

October 15th, 2012
10:11 pm

@ Gordan:

Who died and left you spokesperson for UGA???

Get to the back of the line. This is a Big Boy Blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life/J.Jones for Heisman))

October 15th, 2012
10:19 pm

@ Au Insider:

There is a NEW RULE inplace Knucklehead. You can carry only 85 scholarship players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you(as an Auburn Insider) can get that changed we will try to sign all of the D-1 prospects in Georgia just to make you happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 15th, 2012
10:23 pm

7576 Dawg(4:18 pm post)

Damn good post my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 15th, 2012
11:20 pm

UGA has filled their LB spaces already unless someone decommits.