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.
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.
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.”
WE’RE LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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