December 4, 2012

Johnson pumped for visit

When Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kan.) defensive tackle Toby Johnson graduated from Banneker High School a couple of years ago, he knew the move the Kansas might keep him from visiting home as much as he wanted.

This weekend, however, will be a chance for Johnson to return to his home state, but the trip will be more than just a visit home as he will be on his official visit to Georgia.

It is a trip that Johnson and those close to him are quite excited about.

"I feel real good about getting back down there. I know some people from my hometown, a lot of people have been calling me and talking about Georgia and stuff," said Johnson in a telephone interview with UGASports on Tuesday. "A lot of them want to see me come back home. It would be a big thing to play close to home, but it really doesn't matter. It would be cool to play in front of people from my school, my family, and my friends and stuff."

This is a visit that Johnson has had planned for a few months now, but a lot has changed since the last time the four-star prospect spoke with UGASports.

Johnson suffered a torn ACL in practice last month, and recently had surgery.

According to the star JUCO, everything went well and he is on the road to recovery.

"The knee surgery went good. It went fine. I'm feeling good right now. I'm just ready to bounce back. I feel good because I have a lot of people still behind me," he said. "They (the doctors) said it wasn't as bad as they thought and that in about six months I'll be full speed."

The knee injury seems to have had a domino effect as now Johnson says that his enrollment plans will likely change as well.

"I think I'm going to enroll in May or June. I think I'm going to graduate in May," said Johnson. "They (the schools recruiting Johnson) know I won't be involved in spring practice because of the injury, so they aren't making a big deal about it. They just want to make sure I am rehabbing it hard so that I can come back strong. Everybody is still on me pretty hard."

According to Johnson, he knows exactly why the Bulldogs are recruiting him so heavily after watching the SEC Championship last Saturday.

"I think Georgia really dominated them, for real. They played good the whole game, but they didn't finish well," said Johnson. "As far as Alabama's offensive line, they were pretty good, but Georgia didn't have enough depth to stay fresh. I know for a fact they could have used me in that game."

While Johnson maintains that he has no leaders at this time, he does admit that the situation at Georgia is what he is looking for in a school.

"I'm looking for a team that really needs me and can give me a chance to play right away," he said.

Johnson, who will be joined on his official visit by his aunt and uncle/guardians.

Petra and Kinny Fairley, has had most of their interaction with Georgia defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, but Johnson hopes that his visit to the Classic City will allow him more time to get to know the whole Bulldog staff.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know Coach Mark Richt. I think I just want to sit down and talk to all the coaches and get to know all of them," he said. "I don't want to just to know all of them. I want to be able to say I know them all and talk to all of them."

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