Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) has been committed to Auburn for over a year, so with the 1-4 start by the Tigers and news that the ESPN 150 prospect is taking official visits, some eyebrows are sure to be raised. According to Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford, that was the plan all along.
"He loves Gene Chizik and he loves Brian VanGorder, but he just wants to cover his bases and he always said he was going to take visits, so he wants to check out schools that have big-time linebacker traditions," Wofford said. "He likes the kids that Auburn has committed right now, but at the same time other schools are kind of using Auburn’s season as a factor with him."
Wofford said USC was one of the first schools to come by during the evaluation period, and Ed Orgeron was by last Wednesday as well. Urban Meyer at Ohio State calls once a week, as do coaches from FSU. Coincidently those are the programs, other than Auburn, that Johnson plans to take official visits to. Johnson is going to Ohio State on Nov. 23 for the Michigan game, to USC most likely the second week of January and will be taking officials to FSU and Auburn. Wofford discussed each of the four programs set to host the No. 129 prospect in the country.
FSU: "FSU was one of the first schools he visited in the spring before committing to Auburn. They have been there from the beginning for him.
Ohio State: "The linebacker tradition at Ohio State is one of the first things Coach [Luke] Fickell was on him about as far as how many guys go on to the NFL out of there. He is telling Trey that they really, really need help at linebacker and that they have a really good defensive line class coming in for him to play behind."
USC: "Trey’s interest in USC is strictly based on the linebackers from there that have gone on to the NFL. He sees all of the names and as a linebacker that is one of the premier places to play college football."
Auburn: "Auburn is banking on this class coming in and helping them play right now. The coaches have sold him on the young players they have now and his class coming in and playing together for four years and competing for the SEC championship."
Through four games, Johnson has 59 tackles, two sacks and had an interception return for a touchdown.