Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer wanted to add linebacker help in the 2013 recruiting class, and the Buckeye boss struck gold with Trey Johnson, out of Lawrenceville (GA) Central.
Johnson will team with classmate Mike Mitchell to give the Buckeyes two of the best in the country at the linebacker position.
On Being An Under Armour All-American: "This has been great being in Orlando all week, and it's good for me," Johnson stated. "I've been doing well, but I'm not a great player at all, and I have a lot to learn. I need to continue to get better every day, and that's always my goal every time I step on the field."
Head Coach Todd Wofford On Johnson: Johnson, now 6-foot-1 and 220-pounds, finished as Gwinnett County’s all-time second leading tackler behind Rennie Curren (Brookwood). Johnson recorded 456 tackles for his career, including 140 this season. He also had 15 tackles for loss, four sacks and an interception for a touchdown.
“The big thing with Trey this season was his speed increased,” Wofford said. “We also had a new defensive coordinator who ran a college like defensive scheme. Trey watching a lot more film and was ready each week. He was super this season at reading the play and reacting.”
BREAKDOWN: Johnson is an instinctive linebacker. He is a linebacker that plays within himself, he reads his keys, he plays smart, and he puts himself in good position to make plays. He is constantly around the ball, he has tallied over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons, and he is a solid tackler. His speed picked up in 2011 and he really got to the ball faster this season. He can work on his lateral quickness and continue to get stronger. He is linebacker that can drop into coverage, make the calls, and make teammates around him better. He is not a flashy player, but just someone who always ends up around the ball and puts big numbers on stat sheets on a regular basis. - Chad Simmons