Trey Johnson: Ohio State beats out Florida and Tennessee for ex-Auburn LB commit

Ohio State-bound LB Trey Johnson (right) with his Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford

Ohio State-bound LB Trey Johnson (right) with his Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford

ST. PETERSBURG, FL. – The best linebacker from Georgia not named Reuben Foster committed to Ohio State on national TV on Friday.

Central Gwinnett High School’s Trey Johnson picked Ohio State over Florida and Tennessee during the Under Armour All-America football game on ESPN. Johnson de-committed from Auburn last month after the coaching change.

“Ohio State is getting an SEC-caliber player, which is what Urban Meyer is trying to bring to his Ohio State teams,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC.

“It’s the same format that Brian Kelly did with Notre Dame and their defense – bring as many kids from the south up north, and have them outrun the offenses.

After Friday’s game, Johnson was scheduled to meet in the team hotel with Meyer. He’s also supposed to sit down with Auburn’s defensive coaches, which are desperately trying to lure him back to the Tigers before the Feb. 6 signing day.

“With Trey, Ohio State is getting a kid that is going to be ready to play from the first day. He’s not into all the rankings, the media staff and ‘me, me, me’ things. He’s a student of the game. When he talks to college coaches, they come back to me and tell me it’s like talking to another coach.”

For Ohio State, Johnson will likely be its only marquee prospect from Georgia this year. But the Buckeyes are set up for unusually strong crop in 2014: Liberty County linebacker Raekwon McMillan, the state’s top-ranked junior, has Ohio State as his leader. Sandy Creek wide receiver Demarre Kitt, who was formerly committed to Georgia, has Clemson and Ohio State as his co-leaders. Norcross tailback Myles Autry, Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson and Cedartown tailback Nick Chubb also have the Buckeyes among their favorites.

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28 comments Add your comment

Aaron

January 4th, 2013
6:58 pm

Aaron

January 4th, 2013
6:58 pm

Second, glad he is not going to Florida or Tennessee!

Buckeye

January 4th, 2013
7:17 pm

Coach Meyer may retireor get fired before you get to play! Good Luck…you will need it!

Pipey

January 4th, 2013
7:22 pm

We Ohio State fans feel extremely fortunate to secure the verbal commitment of a young man who is so exemplary on and off the field. Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Trey!!!

Andy Gant

January 4th, 2013
7:50 pm

Wow, as an Ohio State fan (but not alum because I didn’t have good enough grades to get in lol) I am super excited! Go Bucks!

Jim Fowler

January 4th, 2013
8:01 pm

Major mistake! Should have stayed with Auburn and been a part of the resurgence.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 4th, 2013
8:17 pm

I guess he wants the BEST education and Football experience too.

Tampa Gator

January 4th, 2013
9:10 pm

Trey Johnson has not been considering Florida or Florida considering him since Davis became the last LB in this year’s Gator class. And it has also been known for a while that he was going to commit to Ohio State…..but don’t be surprised if he ends back up with Auburn along with Foster…especially if he takes a trip back up to Ohio this time of year. But….I must admit….he will probably be a bigger star in the Big Ten than he would be in the SEC….no matter how good he is.

Buckeye

January 4th, 2013
9:14 pm

Yayyyyy! Finally we get a victory over the SEC! Only took 20 years!

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trey

January 5th, 2013
12:14 am

Haters gonna hate. 12-0. GO BUCKEYES!!!

Athens

January 5th, 2013
12:57 am

Enjoy the friggin cold snowy winters…

Blunt Dawg

January 5th, 2013
1:39 am

Three schools are raiding the south (Notre Dame, Louisville and Ohio State…..We better get it together or our run on supremacy of the crystal football will end……Go Dawgs

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2013
1:41 am

I will never understand Southern kids signing with team like Notre Dame and Ohio State. Do they realize that . Indiana , Illinois and Indiana measure yearly snow fall by the FEET not inches. And the temperature frequently is near zero or below.

The AlphaDawg

January 5th, 2013
6:32 am

The Alabama football team has 75 players from Georgia and Florida according to the college game day crew. I don`t know what it is that makes so many of Georgia`s elite football players go out of state. Its just my point of view but I feel if more would commit to Georgia the crystal egg comes to Georgia . It simply could be that Georgia constantly offers late when other big time programs have the head start. A good example is Lorenzo Carter the #2 ranked recurit for 2014 out of Norcross Georgia . This young man has express his love for Georgia and still has no offer. Am I the only one who thinks this is an issue?

Buckeye

January 5th, 2013
7:09 am

The earlier Buckeye posts is an IMPOSTOR

Buckeye

January 5th, 2013
7:10 am

dogs can’t keep their own in state.

BuckeyeB

January 5th, 2013
8:19 am

Ohio State v. Alabama for the 2013 BCS title–book it! Meyer’s building a machine in Columbus with all these superstar recruits.

Buckeye

January 5th, 2013
8:22 am

BuckeyeB,

I’d rather put a major beat down on the dogs!

Jerry Springer

January 5th, 2013
9:14 am

FREE TATS!!
FREE TATS!!
FREE TATS!!

Buckeye

January 5th, 2013
9:48 am

jerry springer,

TIME OUT!

TIME OUT!

TIME OUT!

Holy Guacamole

January 5th, 2013
11:46 am

“With Trey, Ohio State is getting a kid that is going to be ready to play from the first day. He’s not into all the rankings, the media staff and ‘me, me, me’ things.”

I guess that the hat trick didn’t count in that category. What a BS statement this is coach.

Buckeye Bob

January 5th, 2013
12:05 pm

Great education….great football. If you’re going to play professional ball you will play in the cold. AJ Hawk, Laurinaitis, Chris Spielman, Pepper Johnson all welcome you.

UGA_85

January 5th, 2013
9:22 pm

Lots of talent coming out of HS these days. Wonder how those northern athletes feel about their schools having to move south to compete?

E Theo Bear

January 6th, 2013
1:20 pm

Yak,yak,yak big deal–there is only one legit comment to be had and that is OSU will be and always has been a top tier football program and it looks like its about to totally take off to greater heights! Ohio and northern states produce plenty of blue-chip football talent so occasional dips into the south and elsewhere is common practice for almost any school and top coaches-u recruit nationally if u want to stay on top

Adam

January 7th, 2013
10:03 am

As a Buckeye fan I say welcome Trey. Now about the winter, it’s honestly not that bad in Columbus, usually stays mostly in the 30’s once you adapt it’s not a big deal. Besides like the other poster said if you go to the NFL well you have a really good chance of being drafted by a cold weather team and a even better chance of playing cold weather games. As an Ohioan I do have a question for all of you though. It appears Trey was never offered by Georgia. Is there a reason for this? It seems as though this kid is a player and Richt would want to keep all the top flight talent in GA. I obviously don’t follow Georgia Recruiting enough to know the reasons. Anyway Urban is putting together nice classes, they have depth issues at LB so Trey should see playing time pretty early and with our schedules i am pretty confident he will see a NC game. Can’t say we will win, but he will see one lol. Anyway goodluck Trey and welcome to Buckeyenation. PS I was pulling hard for the Dawgs in the SEC championship game always thought Richt was a good coach

Flo - Ri - Duh

January 8th, 2013
2:14 pm

Suburban Meyer is good for about two more years max before he QUITS. ESPN has already started promoted Ohio State much like they over hyped a mediocre Notre Dame. Exhibit #1 is the fact they featured Suburban Meyer as their commentator for the BCS champ game. Kind of a conflict of interest situation to me – guess that’s just business. Money runs college football. It’s a big money making business and the players are just being used to bring in the cash. What a racket. The ones doing most of the work get nothing (in comparison to the millions going to colleges) and they just keep raising the pay of the college Presidents, coaches and professors every year. Getting someone to work for free – just seem immoral to me.

Flo - Ri - Duh

January 8th, 2013
2:22 pm

Ohio State – PROBATION. Mediocre schedule – certainly not SEC quality. The Buckeyes would have lost to Bama, Texas A&M, Georgia, S. Carolina, Florida and LSU. Vandy and Missou would be a toss up. Over hyped Over rated. Some fans bought the hype of ESPN and NBC on Notre Dame and now they will very leery of the hype coming about Ohio State.