Toby Johnson, the nation’s No. 1-ranked JC player, was in good spirits on Wednesday night after an awful start to the week.
This past weekend, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle from Hutchinson junior college suffered a season-ending injury in the first round of the playoffs. Johnson was initially diagnosed with a tear in the ACL and MCL of his right knee, and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday.
After a rough few days dealing with the disappointment of the injury, Johnson got on his crutches and attended his school’s basketball game on Wednesday night.
“I’m doing better, I’m doing better,” said Johnson, who is one of the top remaining targets on UGA’s board for 2013.
Since the injury, Johnson has been bombarded by phone calls from colleges.
“They all called to let me know that I still had a scholarship and stuff, and they want me to rehab good,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, I can come back strong for next season. But if not, I still got a red-shirt season left.”
Georgia was about the only one of his main schools that he had yet to hear from this week.
“I haven’t talked to Coach Mark Richt,” Johnson said. “I’ve talked to Tennessee, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Miami … I’ve talked to everybody but Georgia. They usually call sometime during the week. They’re going to call later, I’m sure.”
Despite the injury, Johnson still plans to enroll in the college of his choice in January. He hopes to play next season, but still has a redshirt season available, giving him three seasons to play two – if his knee is not fully recovered by the summer.
What’s the latest with recruiting? Johnson has only taken one official visit, touring Oklahoma, and “knows for a fact” that he will take recruiting trips to both UGA and Tennessee.
What about the remaining two? “I’m looking pretty much at everybody who has been sticking with me since day one, and who has stuck with me through this,” he said. “People are still hollering at me, saying I should come to their school and that they’d help me through rehab. Nobody has really given up on me.”
Johnson graduated from Atlanta’s Banneker High School.
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